Parade Information for Watching the Parade
When and where is the parade?
The 2021 Cambridge Santa Claus Parade will take place on Saturday, November 20th, 2021. The parade will move onto Hespeler Road from Dunbar Road at 6:00 p.m. sharp! It will turn off Hespeler Road at Langs Drive.
The Parade Map below contains information for road closures and detours. Road closures will be in effect from 4:30pm for about 3 hours.
Police and security personnel will be controlling traffic, including exiting parking lots along Hespeler Road. Please be cautious and listen to their instruction.
There is plenty of parking lots along the parade route. Please remember that it is a first come first serve basis and store specific parking spaces are still in effect if labelled.
The Cambridge Santa Parade is not responsible for and damage to vehicles including theft of items from the vehicle.
Parade Information for Parade Participants
Getting to the Marshalling Area
Enter the marshalling area at Langs Drive and Industrial Rd. as shown on the MAP.
Report to the Marshal in a green vest whose number corresponds to the section number you have been assigned.
Follow the marshals’ directions for placement in the lineup.
There will be no vehicular traffic within the marshalling area other than the actual floats. Car-pool close to the area; walk-in your float participants! After unloading, vehicles should continue directly to parking in nearby lots to wait for the parade to finish.
Please respect property owners and private parking lots. If there are ‘No Parking’ signs, please obey them.
There will be portable washrooms available in the line-up area.
The parade headquarters will be at the entrance to the public works yard on Dunbar Rd. All section marshals are in radio contact with the base. It is for emergencies only.
The authority of the Parade Marshal is absolute in all matters pertaining to the marshaling area, parade route, and dispersal time. The Parade Marshal will wear a green safety vest.
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTION OF THE PARADE OFFICIALS. They are working hard to ensure everyone enjoys the parade.
BE SURE TO READ ALL OF THE RULES AND REGULATIONS!
The parade will move onto Hespeler Rd. from Dunbar Rd. at 6:00 p.m. sharp! It will turn off Hespeler Road at Langs drive and loop back to Industrial Road where it will disband. You are to proceed to the same location you began in to avoid congestion of those behind you.
If a float/vehicle breaks down, move it to the side of the road. There will be a vehicle available to assist if necessary. A marshal can reach it by radio.
In the event of an emergency, such as a lost child or medical distress, there will be Police and Security throughout the parade route. We will all be in constant contact to respond to any emergency that may arise.
What happened to the 2020 parade?
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us to cancel the 2020 Cambridge Santa Parade. We know this is really disappointing news, and all of us on the committee are also saddened by this.
We worked really hard trying to figure out how the show could go on, including hosting a reverse parade (drive thru). We met on different occasions with several representatives from the city, the police force, public works, the Hespeler Santa Parade and public health. All of these agencies came together to work towards the reverse parade idea once it was clear that the traditional parade would not be possible due to the crowds likely being over the 100 person limit and issues with ensuring everyone could and would maintain social distancing protocols. We all wanted the same thing, to bring some joy this holiday season to the community after such a difficult year.
The reverse parade idea was brought to us by the city, and we loved the idea. We thought we had the key to save the parade! We worked on it over the last couple months with the City’s assistance, and we were hopeful, but due to the recent rising numbers and the obstacles we faced with respect to participant safety, we were forced to cancel due to COVID. This was a mutual decision by the city and our committee in the interest of public safety.
This was not an easy decision to make. The community, local businesses, and our committee have all been personally effected by COVID in one way or another. There are so many considerations and hoops we’ve had to jump through to make this happen in a regular year to consider your safety and our volunteers safety without COVID. COVID just made it even more challenging, and we promise you this decision was not taken lightly. Over half our committee has little ones, and they will be disappointed too.
We are hopeful 2021 will bring us all good things, and that next year we can bring the magic of the parade! Stay safe, happy and healthy! We appreciate your continued support!