The Christmas parade returns to Chilliwack this year thanks to three local Rotary Clubs who have stepped up to organize the popular seasonal event. Renamed simply the Rotary Christmas Parade, the family focused festivities will be held this Saturday December 7th. The parade will meander through historic downtown Chilliwack traveling on both Wellington Avenue and Yale Road where children of all ages will no doubt be lining the sidewalks for an opportunity to catch a glimpse as Santa passes by.
Let’s take a look at a few fun facts about Christmas parades…..
• The first Eaton’s Christmas parade was held December 2, 1905 in Toronto. The annual Macy’s parade held in New York was apparently inspired by the Eaton’s parade.
• By the 1950’s the Toronto Eaton’s parade was the largest in North America.
• The first Macy’s parade occurred in 1924 in New York City.
• 3.5 million parade viewers line the streets of New York to take in the Macy’s parade each year.
• The Macy’s parade was televised locally in 1946 and nationally in 1947. Today around 50 million viewers enjoy the parade from the comfort of their homes.
• The entire parade sequence in the movie Miracle on 34th Street was shot during the actual Macy’s parade in 1946, with 14 cameras situated along the parade route to catch the action.
The festivities start downtown at 4 with lots of family fun, entertainment, a night market and food culminating with the parade at 7.
So, grab your mittens and toques and head to Chilliwack’s historic downtown on Saturday where the magic of the Christmas season begins.