The big man in red will be heading to Weston Sunday, Dec. 2 for the annual Weston Santa Claus Parade.
The rain or shine parade, organized by the Weston Village Business Improvement Area, will get underway at 2 p.m.
at Weston Road and Church Street, proceeding south on Weston Road and ending at Sidney Belsey Crescent.
Bands, floats, clowns and Santa himself will grace the route, while non-perishable food donations will be collected during the parade for the Weston Area Emergency Support Food Bank.
New this year will be Mickey and Minnie Mouse riding a rickshaw, a Buzz Lightyear character, parade participants dressed as Christmas tree ornaments, greyhounds dressed as elves and a silver Elvis riding in a yellow car, said Marion O’Sullivan, co-ordinator of the BIA and parade.
The 67 entries will include some 50 floats, she said, adding participants in upside-down clown costumes and a British double decker bus will be seen along the route.
“We add things every year, we don’t want the same thing year after year,” said O’Sullivan, adding she expects a large crowd to come out for the parade, expected to last an hour and a half to two hours.
Sidewalk repair on Weston Road, north of Lawrence Avenue, began Monday, Nov. 26 and will wrap up before parade day, said York South-Weston Councillor Frances Nunziata.
Patchwork was done years ago and now walkways need to be levelled, she said, adding work is being done now before winter settles in.
“It’s going to be finished by the end of the week,” Nunziata said. “Road work will then be done after the parade and will be finished Dec. 7. They are doing the sidewalk first and then the road to be respectful of the parade.”
Parade parking is available at Weston Lions Arena at Lawrence Avenue, just east of Weston Road; the Green P parking lot on John Street, just east of Weston Road; and St. John the Evangelist Catholic School at 23 George St.
For information, visit www.westonvillagebia.com/santaparade