“Wow! What is that mom?” was a common question that resounded through the 300,000 spectators who lined the streets of downtown Vancouver on December 2 for the 2012 Rogers Santa Claus Parade.
Our brand new Striker 4500 aircraft rescue vehicle, named Red 2 , made its debut in the parade and was certainly popular with kids and adults alike! Speaking of popular, let’s not forget about the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic athletes who acted as Grand Marshals for this year’s parade and accompanied YVR on our float. The athletes donned their red team Canada gear and helped usher in Santa Claus and the 2012 parade.
Vancouver Airport Authority employees, Green Coat Volunteers and family and friends accompanied the Striker and athletes, wearing green jackets and handing out YVR blue candy canes and reflective safety stickers to the crowd that lined West Georgia Street and up Howe Street.
Although the morning began with some dark skies, we stayed positive with the mantra “Don’t rain on our parade” (and some YVR branded umbrellas just in case), but we all lucked out as the rain held off and the sun emerged for the parade.
The Rogers Santa Claus Parade is the single largest event each year that raises money and collects donations for the Greater Vancouver Food Bank. Vancouver Airport Authority has been proud to support this iconic event since its inception.
If you were unable to attend the live performance, mark your calendars to watch CityTV on Saturday, December 8 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, December 9 at 4:30 p.m. when the parade will be broadcast in its entirety. Or check out some of the great photos from Globe and Mail, The Province and Vancouver Sun