We took Ella to Scarborough last weekend. Grandma, Ella, Auntie Belinda, Uncle Stefan (who came back from US shopping early) and I headed downtown to attend the 106th (I think) Toronto Santa Claus Parade. We had a great location -right out front of Auntie Belinda's office building (corner of Yonge and Adelaide). Auntie Belinda had picked up a security pass so that we could have easy access to a bathroom. This was Ella's first Toronto parade. I've been a few times (we lived in TO till I was 3).
It was rather cold and very windy, but luckily we didn't get rained or snowed on. We had so much fun!! Uncle Stefan spoiled Ella by buying her reindeer antlers, jingle bells, candy floss, and hot co co (as Ella says). He bought Momma a coke too :) It was funny seeing the kids playing in the middle of Yonge Street. Usually you are taking your life into your hands crossing the street without the light.
The start of the parade was a pipe band of course. Ella jumped up and was dancing along. I think she danced with every band. It was very cute, you could tell her feet wanted to do her highland steps, but she just doesn't know them yet!
The floats were great. So much better in person than on tv. Ella was disappointed because they don't throw candy like at the Cobden parade.
Here's another site I didn't expect to see on Yonge street. A John Deere tractor!! Daddy was disappointed there wasn't an International one too.
The parade was very long, but really really fun. The crowd was good. Lots of people but not too many people. Ella had great fun. The family beside us had 4 girls. They let Ella play with their sidewalk chalk. Ella has always wanted to use sidewalk chalk, but we don't have any pavement or cement. Not even Grandma's house in Beachburg.
Ella's elf friend Merry arrived last night. She was so excited. Now she's going to try to be extra good :)