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41st Annual Santa Claus Parade

Annual Santa Parade in Downtown Kamloops

Join us for the 41st Annual Santa Parade in Downtown Kamloops! Presented by Thompson Rivers University.

Sunday 28 November 2021

The Santa Parade 2021

The Kamloops Central Business Improvement Association, aka Downtown Kamloops, is thrilled to announce the 41st Annual Santa Parade in downtown Kamloops will take place on Sunday, November 28. This year’s theme is the “Luminous Loops.” Parade participants will be encouraged to get creative with lighting and dazzle spectators as the afternoon light fades. Once again, Thompson Rivers University will be the event’s title sponsor.

For 2021, we are excited to be returning to the traditional Parade after 2 years. This year’s theme is ‘Luminous Loops’.

Similar to 2019, we will begin this Parade at dusk to enjoy the full effects of the lights. When dusk settles on Downtown, Victoria Street will come alive and ignite with illuminated floats, bands, and other performers. We are excited to bring back the magic of Christmas for children of all ages.

Santa Parade Float Entries

We extend genuine gratitude to the community for your patience, eagerness, and past participation in the Downtown Kamloops Annual Santa Claus Parade.

This year’s theme is the “Luminous Loops.” Parade participants will be encouraged to get creative with lighting and dazzle spectators as the afternoon light fades. Once again, Thompson Rivers University will be the event’s title sponsor.

Executive Director Carl DeSantis is enthusiastic about bringing back one of Kamloops’ most cherished events. The pandemic forced organizers to cancel last year.  “This is a significant year for us. We are excited to bring back the magic of Christmas for children of all ages. When dusk settles on the downtown, Victoria Street will come alive and ignite with illuminated floats, bands, and other performers.   We expect the parade to be well attended, with people gathering to see the floats from 2nd Avenue along Victoria Street to 6th Avenue. We have already been receiving many queries from eager participants from previous years.”

Thompson Rivers University is delighted to be involved with this special launch to the Christmas season, as such events fit well with one of TRU’s key values — community-mindedness, said Brian Daly, TRU’s Vice-President of University Relations.

We all share the goal of creating incredible memories for kids and families. Let’s also remember that we need a little extra charity and extra breathing space this year.

It’s been a while, so we’d like to remind all participants of some guidelines:

  1. All floats must be illuminated. Lights……LOTS and LOTS of lights. Collectively, let’s all light up the night, and Victoria Street.
  2. Be creative with your floats. Consider including details such as props, movement, costumes, colour, music.
  3. Create an impact, and endeavour to be “that float” that everyone speaks about for months, if not years to follow.
  4. For participants who are walking, there are many inexpensive, battery-operated lighting options that can enhance your group. (i.e. – microlights)
  5. Throughout the parade, please, be excited, full of energy, waving to people, and HAVE FUN!!!
  6. Cover headlights on vehicles towing the floats. Headlights distract from the overall impact of floats and other parade participants walking in front of your vehicle. Covering headlights can easily be accomplished with construction paper and a small piece of tape (googly eyes?!).

We will video record the parade and the most creative, most illuminated, most fun floats and groups are likely to be profiled in future commercials and marketing materials.

If you have any questions, please reach out to any Downtown Kamloops team member.

Deadline to Apply: 31st October 2021

Preview the application requirements here >> PREVIEW Santa Parade Float Application 2021

Entry Fees:

  • Commercial Businesses/ Organizations: $100
  • Non-Profit: $50  (First 20 Non-Profits register free)

A Sustainable Holiday Season

The Holiday Season is just around the corner, and we’re all getting ready. We know you are looking forward to shopping, decorating, and baking. It’s time to spruce up our lives with all of the Holiday festivities even though this year is very different. But there’s something vital for us all to remember when making preparations for Christmas. What we all should take into consideration is how sustainable we are this holiday season. This season is one of the leading culprits for much of the waste that occurs at the end of the year. And here at Downtown Kamloops, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help prevent waste this holiday season. A Sustainable Holiday Season is what we need!

*Please note this video was shot PRE COVID-19

THANK YOU TO OUR PRESENTING SPONSOR

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