By Carlo Klemm
Santa Claus Parade draws thousands in Toronto
by VICTORIA GIBSON - Toronto Star
Excerpt - In the last few minutes before floats and trumpets soared down Bloor St. for Toronto’s 113th Santa Claus Parade, 4-year-old Keegan Cao meticulously took to the parade route with a single piece of blue chalk.
“This is my mom, and that is me, that’s a truck,” Keegan explained, pointing to the scrawled image across a crack in the pavement. He was ready to see many “trucks” — floats, to be precise — in the parade.
But the big draw was the big man himself. Santa Claus was coming to town. “He has Rudolphs!” Keegan chirped. His mom asked him if he knew where Santa was coming from. “North,” he said. She kissed his cheek, and they turned back to preparing for the parade to start.
From the early hours of Sunday morning, thousands of Torontonians hunkered down on curbs, church steps, restaurant stoops and rooftops.
The parade went nearly without a hitch, save for a suspicious package — which turned out to be a bag — that halted the event for a few minutes at Queen St. W. and University Ave. while Toronto police checked it.
The magic for kids in the crowd came with careful crafting. As Santa breezed by, on a 42-foot float that ranks as the largest the parade has ever built, a man in a black hat on the pavement nipped in and out of the crowd, asking parents for their kids’ names.
He’d call them, discreetly, up to Santa’s throne. Then — jolly and boisterous — Santa would call the names of kids below to their consistent delight. At one point, a gust of wind nearly whisked his hat onto the street.
“Oh! The wind is picking up!” he told the crowd, in a moment of surprise before returning to character. “On Christmas Eve I’ll see you,” he told a gaggle of waving toddlers. “But you won’t see me!”
By Carlo Klemm
Santa's Parade of Lights takes festive path down Jasper Ave
November 19, 2017
by CATHERINE GRIWKOWSKY - Edmonton Journal
Excerpt - Construction in the city centre didn’t keep crowds away from Santa’s Parade of Lights on Saturday.
Rather than winding downtown, the parade took a straight route down Jasper Avenue. The tens of thousands lining the route mostly were excited for the man himself, Santa, to come down the street in a one-horse open sleigh.
In their letter to Santa, Lexus wished for a toy horse and Teegan asked for “Maui”, a character from Disney’s Moana.
“He writes back every year,” Lexus exclaimed.
Volunteer Annette War was volunteering for the second year and, with hot chocolate in hand, was making sure letters got to Santa.
“I’m excited about this one,” she said.
By Carlo Klemm
Santa Claus is busted with a crack pipe
November 15, 2017
by Rod Waugh - Metro UK
Excerpt - In news that may dismay millions of children, a rosy-cheeked Santa Claus was busted with a crack pipe, along with empty bags of crack and heroin and a syringe.
It’s the naughty list for you! The ‘bad Santa’, Charles Smith, 66, was actually in his Santa suit when he was pulled over by police on Route 46 in New Jersey, who found the alarming drug paraphernalia. Smith worked for Bergen County Toys for Tots, and spokesman Brian Murray said he is ‘no longer welcome back’. Murray said, ‘Once this came to light, he was fired.
Contributor note*** This is same Santa and story posted earlier, just an update.