Hundreds of people lined downtown Yellowknife’s streets on Saturday for the 2018 Santa Claus Parade.

As the floats marshalled in front of City Hall at 5:30pm, a costumed Mayor Rebecca Alty greeted participants and mugged for cameras in temperatures of -19C.

At 6pm, as police sirens wailed, the procession wound down 53 Street and Franklin Avenue, with the parade ending at 49 Street.

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Children scrambled for candy canes handed out along the route. The floats were sponsored and designed by community groups and public safety organizations, along with area businesses and schools.

This year’s parade also featured the first edition of the Holiday Market inside Centre Square Mall, which ran from 5pm till 7:30pm.

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade

The City of Yellowknife specifically thanked the following community groups for their support:

  • NWT Judo – Parade Logistics
  • 825 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron – Parade Logistics
  • WIMPS – Parade Logistics
  • Sir John Franklin High School Grad Class – Holiday Market and Post-Parade Activities Logistics

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade

Yellowknife's 2018 Santa Claus Parade