Tuesday, December 18, 2018

For The Kids

Indigo books is the largest chain of bookstores in Canada and they always have a large section of books and toys for kids. This float features both of these. I'm not up to date on kid's toys but I do like that unicorn. That red book at the front is a Robert Munsch book and interestingly he is the most stolen author at the Toronto Public Library system.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Paisley Garage

I loved this garage when I happened upon it in a Little Italy laneway. I've always liked paisley patterning and this one certainly has those elements. There was no artist signature unfortunately. We will be back to the Santa Claus Parade tomorrow.
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Waving To The Crowd

These cheerful Pokemon characters were a real hit with the kids who were wandering around early with their parents to look at the floats and get their pics taken by them. The two of them seem to be waving hello to everyone!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

An Olympic Lion

I liked this lion who had just skied down the hill from the Canada Olympic House on the float sponsored by the Royal Bank of Canada. They have an extensive program of athlete support so this is very suitable. When the parade started there would have been kids standing at the top of the hill and more sitting around the lion.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Let's Play

This float was sponsored by Tim Hortons which is a Canadian institution being the largest fast food chain in the country. It is most famous for its coffee and donuts and the float features little Timbits playing a variety of sports. Timbits are the tiny donut balls made from the holes of regular donuts and kids love them! The baseball player has a broken arm here which they later fixed before the parade began.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Off We Go!

I liked this float showing the gingerbread people heading off on a trip with all of their colourful luggage. I hope they were heading somewhere warm as we Canadians like to escape from winter for a bit if we can. Apparently the CIBC is the official bank of Toronto Pearson airport, hence the travel theme.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Kids Love Hotdogs

This float at the Santa Claus Parade was sponsored by Maple Leaf Foods which is a large company producing meat products. Kids love hotdogs so I bet this was a popular float with the dancing sausages and the happy bacon.  
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Great Stories

This float from the Santa Claus Parade was sponsored by the TD Bank and celebrates the joy of reading with its depiction of various characters jumping from the pages of a book. The bank sponsored a summer reading program at the Toronto Public Library and 2 kids from the program road on the float during the parade, one dressed as an astronaut and the other as a pirate. That bright phoenix certainly stands out on a dull day!

Monday, December 10, 2018

Candy Jar

I'm interrupting the Santa Claus Parade pics to take part in Monday Murals showing another mural from the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. This painted utility box sports a nice big jar of candies and if you look closely towards the bottom you will find a couple of the famous Trinity Bellwoods white squirrels. The artist for this one is Rosalie Lam.  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Ready For Flight

This is Mother Goose around 30 minutes after yesterday's pic. She has wings and is ready to lead off the Santa Claus Parade. During the parade there will be little kids sitting on those small stools which you can see along the float but with 3 hours to go until the start the kids are kept warm inside a nearby community centre until takeoff. I also like the little tea party taking place at the back of the float with bird friends.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Can't Fly

This was the 114th annual Santa Claus Parade here and the Mother Goose float is the traditional first float every year. She is too wide with her wings to make it from the secret parade assembly location to Bloor St so her wings are attached after she arrives. This is the first attempt at assembly but they have the wrong wing for this side so had to do a quick  switch. I'll show you her all ready to go in tomorrow's post.  
Taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Reserved Seating

I couldn't resist one more pic of the seating along Bloor St for the Santa Claus Parade. These colourful little chairs were placed in front of a child care centre on the street so it is safe to assume that they are reserved for some of the kids who attend the centre during the week. Once again you can see how polite everyone is - the chairs are there and no one touches them. I'll start to show some of the parade floats tomorrow.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Prepared To Wait

This is another shot of people positioned to watch the Santa Claus Parade along Bloor St and since the parade was still over 3 hours away they had come prepared. Not only did they bring a small tent but it looks as if that might be a small heater of some kind on the ground by the curb. I hung around the floats for a couple of hours and was really cold by the time I left, partly because I kept removing gloves to take pics!

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Ready And Waiting

Our Santa Claus Parade took place a couple of weeks ago and the floats line up along Bloor St near Christie St during the night and the parade begins from there at 12:30 pm. I go down early every year to get up close to the floats and take pics. The floats are not the only things that line up along Bloor St in Koreatown. This pic was taken at around 9 am with the temperature around 0˚C. People come out early to claim a good spot and set up chairs with sleeping bags, blankets, etc and then return later to take their spot and view the parade passing by. There is a strong honour system to not interfere with anyone's space.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. Click HERE to see more signs from around the world.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Lovely Semis

I'm still in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood to show these classy looking semi-detached homes. The black trim looks so good against the bricks and the whole look of an Ontario Gothic Revival cottage is wonderful. And to top it off these homes back onto the park itself!

Monday, December 3, 2018

White Squirrel

Yesterday I showed a wonderful house from the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood, an area that surrounds Trinity Bellwoods Park on the north side of Queen St W. The park is extremely popular and has ball diamonds, tennis courts, a dog off-leash area, etc but one its most famous attributes is the colony of white squirrels that live there. You can occasionally spot them in the area outside the park but the park is home base. I spotted this mural on the back of a bakery which is beside the park and while I was taking it a black squirrel ran by me with a pink macaron in its mouth - too fast to catch a pic!  
Taking part in Monday Murals. Click HERE to see more murals from around the world.

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Another Victorian Beauty

Last weekend I was wandering around by Trinity Bellwoods Park on Queen St W admiring all of the lovely Victorian homes. This beauty was built in the 1890s and looks like it has been lovingly restored. I always love a nice balcony looking out onto the street like these ones. The estimated value of this house is over $4.5 million so I won't be sitting on those balconies soon!

Saturday, December 1, 2018

December Theme Day: "Joy"

The December theme for the City Daily Photo Blog community is "Joy" and when I saw this float at our Santa Claus Parade a couple of weeks ago it reminded me of the joy of tobogganing each winter as a kid. Doesn't that little guy look thrilled? I also liked the creatures on the float looking up at the action and in particular check out the wee squirrel who is hanging onto the scarf! I'll show more from the parade later in the month.
Taking part in the December theme. Click HERE to see more examples of Joy from around the world.  
Also taking part in Saturday's Critters. Click HERE to see more creatures from around the world.