Santa Claus Parade lights up the city this weekend; MFSF’s “Bahay Kubo” showcases heart of Filipino home

Bundle  up for the 2019 Santa Claus Parade this weekend!   The family-friendly evening of fun and entertainment will be this Saturday, Nov 16.

Parade starts on Portage Avenue at Young Street at 5:00 PM.  Organizers say there will be  approximately 50-60 min from the first float to the last float – Santa!

Santa reaches The Forks Market parking lot at approximately 6:45 PM and the new float will stay there for public viewing until 9:00 PM.

A  larger crowd compared to other years is expected because of warmer weather with forecast high of plus 5 and low of minus 3 this Satuday with periods of rain.

This year’s parade  grand marshal will be   Gloria Cardwell Hoeppner, former executive director of West End BIZ.

Road closures for the parade begin at 1:30 p.m.   The annual holiday tradition  officially  welcome  Christmas season in the city following  remembrance day long weekend.

Bahay Kubo Philippines Float 

Themed  as  traditional national house of the Philippines , the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival’s  (MFSF) “Bahay Kubo” will be one of the  60 floats  that will definitely  catch everyone’s attention   this year.     The  MFSF   float will  be  done  in coordination with  the   Quezon Province    Association of Manitoba and   Pinoy Alliance of Canada and  will  also  feature  Zumba   presentation.

This is the second year   a float featuring Filipino ingenuity and creativity will join the parade.   Last year,  The Parol Float showcased  traditional  Filipino lanterns that symbolize  essence of   true Pinoy Christmas.    The Paskong Pinoy  float featured   colourful capiz Parols made in the Philippines and  included   creative entries in the  ongoing Parol-making Contest.



Pre parade Block Party with  CKJS 810,  Hot 100.5 and Energy 106 @ Portage and Main

As in previous years,   a pre parade  party will be hosted by Evanov’s team of radio stations.   The fun  starts    at   4 PM  with   free pizza from  Slice’s Pizza, tea from DAVIDsTEA, bath bomb samples from The Bomb Bar and check out an amazing Christmas dance performance by Exhale Dance Studio.

DJ Anto from the Five O’clock ENERGY Mix will also be there spinning hot tunes to keep the audience warm.


(Sharing  file photos from previous’ year Block Parties)


















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