Last weekend was the annual Santa Claus Parade which takes place in downtown Montreal. This year, we deciced we would arrive early in order to get good “seats” as this event is always very crowded. Unfortunately for us, this year the temperature was -8°C or -16°C with the wind factor! Nevertheless, we are after all Canadians which are used to cold weather, we arrived on Ste-Catherine street at 9h20; the parade officially starts at 11h00 on the corner of Rue du Fort and Ste-Catherine. By the time they got to our spot it was already 11h40! All in all, we spent 3 hours outside in the cold weather without moving, but somehow we managed to stay warm all cuddled together.

Camera configuration: Nikon D800 equipped with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 Nikon lens.

Waiting for the parade.


Always surprised by how many strip joints there are on the main strain street of our downtown area… not very classy…


This dog was huge; reminded me of John Snow’s wolf in Game of Thrones!


And beside the strip joint… the alcohol shop (SAQ: The Société des alcools du Québec; the official alcohol distributor of Quebec). Getting more crowded.


Triple police

Our daughter was a little scared of all the mascots.

Mega Blocks

The parade consists of different animated  floats.


Cool firetruck!



These yellow antlers were freely given by Videotron, one of Quebec’s main telecommunication companies; there were literally thousands of them! They also distributed hot chocolates; good publicity stunt.


That’s all for the Christmas parade… I had a lot of other shots, but those usually contained portraits of people who would be readily recognizable and I’m not sure what the laws are on this particular subject. I know you typically have to ask for the person’s permission, but this is obviously impossible in such an event. On the other hand, these people are actively participating in a public event… your comments on this subject are highly welcome!

Thanks for reading!



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