The annual Main Street Markham Santa Claus Parade, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Markham Sunrise, returned to the community on Nov. 26.
Many local organizations filled the streets from Main Street Markham and Highway 7 to Markham Rd. and Sixteenth Ave. with their festive floats.
Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti and many councillors, MPP Paul Calandra, and MPs Helena Jaczek and Mary Ng joined the festivities this year.
The annual Santa Claus Parade generates loads of excitement for businesses and Markham crowds.
Many parents and children were full of joy while awaiting Santa Claus’ appearance during the parade.
The participating Markham businesses conveyed their feelings of positive energy for the returning parade.
Fitworx Bootcamp owner Irene Kitsos expressed her excitement for the Santa Claus Parade’s return. “I am ecstatic, so happy, and thrilled to be out here today, especially given the weather,” Kitsos said.
Markham School of Dance director Jackie Kornylo also shared her appreciation and passion for the return of the Santa Claus Parade.
“It’s so nice to have dancers back out and performing, they’ve been doing this for over 20 years now, so it feels great to have things back to normal, Kornylo said. “It’s great to be able to participate in the community and spread cheer. We get to celebrate with the people that want to come see us dance and cheer us on.”
This parade is a great way to unite the Markham population together as one community. It also brings excellent publicity for businesses.
“Being here brings more exposure; it will let more people know about Fitworx and is an opportunity for us to expand,” Kitsos explained. She and other members in the Fitworx float enjoyed being able to communicate with the crowd. As they were walking the parade, Fitworx gave the Markham crowd chocolates, candy canes, and a coupon for one free week of classes.
Story and photo submitted by Eva Laforteza-Recto.