Be a parade walker or volunteer for the 2016 Santa Claus Parade on November 19!
Students, parents, friends, adults of all ages!
We need volunteers to help welcome Santa to town! It's only with the help of hundreds of volunteers that the annual Santa Claus Parade brings smiles and Santa to Kitchener-Waterloo. This is a great opportunity to get up to 10 high-school volunteer hours and something to put on your resume.
Sign Elves are some of the the most important volunteers in the parade: They carry the sponsors' signs in front of the bands in the parade! Sponsors donate money to the parade, and that brings music, and the many bands, to the Santa Claus Parade. We need your help to make sure these generous sponsors see their signs carried proudly on the parade route, and help bring smiles (and Santa!) to town year after year. Costumes for elves are fitted at a meeting on Nov 20th (details to be emailed).
Fancy Costumed Walkers
We are currently working on our process for fancy costumed walkers this year. When you sign up, register your interest and we'll keep you informed as more information becomes available.
We are also looking for people interested in doing make-up! Everything from basic rosy elf cheeks to clown faces to elaborate characters on the morning of the parade. Make-up artists assist from early morning until about 10:30 am on the 19th (parade day).
To ensure that the parade moves on time, we need volunteers to help dress the walkers and undress after the parade. Dressers assist from early morning to early afternoon on the 19th.
Parade Marshals help escort the parade down the route, keep all the entries in check, and make sure everyone makes it to the end safely and looks great doing it! Marshals attend one meeting in the week or so prior to the parade, and then assist the parade from early morning to early afternoon on the 19th (parade day). Parade Marshals much be 18+.
The Kitchener-Waterloo Santa Claus event can be disruptive for local businesses along the parade route. We need volunteers willing to go and visit those businesses, let them know when the parade will be and where so that they can plan for it well! These volunteers will visit these community members in the weeks before the parade.
Prize Donation Liaisons
A number of local businesses donate small door prizes for the volunteers every year. We need volunteers to help us talk to those businesses, pick up the prizes, and thank them after the parade. This will be done in the weeks leading up to the parade.
How do I get fitted for my sign elf costume?
Step 1: Sign Up to let us know you're interested so we can make sure to have enough costumes for everyone!
Step 2: There will be a meeting on Friday, November 18th (location TBA). Elves get fitted for their costumes at this meeting. This meeting also explains what happens on the morning of the parade and at the end of the parade route. It is at this meeting when they tell you where the shuttles will be to bring you back, what the run-time is of the parade, location of port-o-poties, and other important tidbits!
How do I get fitted for my fancy walker costume?
We are currently working on this process, please sign up and we'll let you know when we have more information.
What costumes are available?
We are currently building the list of costumes that will be available. Sign up to learn more when the information becomes available.
What if I want to be with my friends/family during the parade?
If you want to be with a certain group of people, that will also be arranged through us. Elves are grouped in teams of 2 or 3. As fancy walkers, being in similar themes is very helpful—for example: the group of penguins will all be walking in the same area, so come with your friends and be in one theme!
What time does the parade start and end?
The parade starts moving at 10:30am, and takes about 1.5 hours to walk the parade.
How do I know where to go on the day of the parade?
There is a meeting on the evening of Friday, November 18th starting at 7:00pm till 9:00pm at the latest (location TBA). This meeting explains what happens on the morning of the parade and at the end of the parade route. It is highly recommended that you attend this meeting or send someone to represent your group. It is at this meeting when they tell you where the shuttles will be to bring you back, what the run-time is of the parade, location of port-o-poties, and other important tidbits!
For Fancy Walkers:
We are currently determining our process for fancy walkers for 2015. Please sign up and we will give you more information as it becomes available.
At the end of the parade, there will be buses and shuttles that bring you back to the staging area. When you get back to the staging area, please come and change out of your costume first before having any food/snacks! (Your costumes are worth hundreds of dollars and we are trusting you to keep them in the great condition that you took them in. If you get grease on them, you will have to pay for special cleaning). There will be more than enough food/snacks provided after the parade—you will not be left hungry! Your name will also be entered into a draw for a variety of prizes, and winners will be posted by the time you get back.
For All Other Walkers:
On the morning of, you must show up to the staging by 9:00am. Walkers start getting moved into their parade positions at 10:00am, so it is vital that you are dressed and hear final information before we send you out the door at that time. We have as many as 120 non-fancy walkers to dress and make up by 10:00am, so please be on time. Your belongings will be left in the staging area on your chair. There will be Lions Club members in the staging area at all times to supervise belongings, but please leave your valuables safe at home, as we are not responsible for lost or stolen items.
At the end of the parade, there will be buses and shuttles that bring you back to the staging area. When you get back to the staging area, please change out of your costume first before having any food/snacks! There will be more than enough food/snacks provided after the parade—you will not be left hungry! Your name will also be entered into a draw for a variety of prizes, and winners will be posted by the time you get back.
How do I get my volunteer hours signed?
Drop your hours forms with the registration desk in the morning as you come in, and they will be ready by the time you come back from the parade!