Ottawa Parades Guide - Santa Claus Parade - Saturday, November 23, 2013
Every year Ottawa hosts several parades, including a Santa Claus Parade, a St. Patrick's Day Parade, a Pride Parade, a Labour Day Parade, and more. And it's not just downtown - our suburbs also have traditional seasonal parades. We welcome your suggestions for this list.
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Help Santa Toy Parade
(November 23, 2013 at 11:00am)
- Each year in November, the Ottawa Professional Firefighters Association organizes the Help Santa Toy Parade. Along with the traditional floats, bands, clowns and other attractions, firefighters march along the route to collect donations for less-fortunate children.
- The parade has been a tradition in Ottawa for over 40 years.
- Firefighters will be collecting toy donations along the route.
- The parade starts at 11:00am in front of National Archives / Garden of the Provinces on Wellington Street, on the western edge of downtown. It continues east on Wellington and takes a right turn on Bank Street. South on Bank Street until Laurier, then east on Laurier to City Hall at Laurier & Elgin.
- "Minor traffic disruption expected" downtown during the parade, says the City of Ottawa.
- Official site: toyparade.org
Some good tips from the fine folks on Reddit:
- Take the bus down to the route, avoid traffic & parking issues
- Dress yourself and your kid warmly, especially your feet.
- Bring snowsuits, a thermos of hot chocolate, and a bag for the candy that gets thrown/given to the crowds.
- Bring some change (or a toy) for your kid to donate.
- Depending on your kid's attention span, the entire parade might be too much.
More Santa Claus / Christmas Parades in the area (2013)
- Nov 29: Gatineau Santa Claus Parade
- Nov 30: Stittsville Parade of Lights
- Nov 30: Also in Carleton Place, Orleans and further out of town in Arnprior, Brockville, Gananoque, Embrun, and Hawkesbury
- Dec 1: Barrhaven and also Casselman
- It's become a yearly tradition: each fall, local blogger DaniGirl posts a big list of Christmas Parades in Eastern Ontario. Here's the list for 2013.
Ottawa St. Patrick's Day Parade - March 2014
"Defiance" - captured at the 2009 St. Patrick's Day Parade. Photo by Farfando, used by permission.
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- This year is the 32nd annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
- 2013 route (2014 info coming soon): The parade will leave the intersection of Laurier Avenue West and Elgin St at 11:00 AM, and proceed west on Laurier Avenue West, turn right on Bank St., then left on Wellington St., and continue west on Wellington St. to an area near the Library and Archives Canada building, arriving there at approximately 12:00 – 12:30.
- It's one of Ottawa's smaller parades but it's still a good time. Each year on a Saturday close to St. Patrick's Day, the Irish Society of the National Capital Region celebrates Irish tradition and heritage. Volunteers along the parade route will collect cash and donations for the Ottawa Food Bank.
- The St. Patrick's parade is part of a larger "Irish Week" festival.
- Official site: Irish Society of the National Capital Region
Everyone comes out for the St Patrick's Day parade.Photo by Alison MacIvor.
The Changing of The Guard
(Daily, Summer 2014)
The Changing of the Guard. Photo by Glen Gower.
- Every day in the summer (except during rain), the Ceremonial Guard marches from the Cartier Square Drill Hall (Laurier Avenue near the Rideau Canal), down Laurier and Elgin Street past the War Memorial, and then up on Wellington Street to Parliament Hill.
- They perform the Changing of the Guard ceremony at 10:00am, and then around 10:30am they parade back along the original route to their starting point.
- More info: Changing of the Guard in Ottawa
Ottawa Pride Parade - August 2014
- This parade is part of Ottawa's Pride Week, celebrating our LGBT community. It attracts over 30,000 people annually. Organizers say 35,000 spectators are expected.
- In 2012, for the first time in almost a decade, the Capital Pride Parade will return to Bank Street. And, for the first time in its history, Ottawa’s newly designated Village will see its inaugural Pride Parade march through its streets.
- In 2012, the parade started at Gladstone Avenue, heads north on Bank Street to Laurier, then heads east on Laurier ending at Ottawa City Hall. (Map of parade route.)
- Official Site: Capital Pride
Ottawa Labour Day Parade
- Traditionally held on Labour Day Monday in Ottawa.
- Rain or shine, this year's Labour Day March starts at noon at Ottawa City Hall (Lisgar @ Elgin) at noon, and ends at McNabb Park (Gladstone @ Bronson) where there's a family picnic from 1:00pm-4:30pm, including music, balloons, pony rides, games, face painting, clowns and more.
- More info: ottawalabour.org
Ottawa Remembrance Day Parade
(November 11, 2013)
- More info: Remembrance Day in Ottawa
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