As he has every year since 1905, Santa Claus descended on Toronto streets Sunday, bringing an army of clowns and a flotilla of familiar characters along with him.
He was greeted with cheers and screams from children, parents and grandparents alike, many of whom gathered hours before the overweight man from the North Pole had touched down in town.
Among those who gathered early was Livio Vendramin, 40, his wife, and two daughters (Michela and Sofia) who watched the parade from the corner of Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue.
"It's a family tradition. One of those days you don't miss, kind of like Christmas," Vendramin said, who has been to the parade every year since the early 1970s.