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Santa's secret workshop busy preparing for the parade

Staff writers
November 14, 2012 — The Weather Network's Natalie Thomas took a tour of Santa's secret workshop in Toronto. She picks her favourite floats that will be featured in Sunday's parade.

Santa Claus is coming to town!
Santa Claus is coming to town!

Santa Claus will be busy over the next couple of weeks as he stars in several annual parades.

Each year, thousands of people line the streets in hopes of catching a glimpse of Saint Nick. Depending on where you live, that could mean dealing with extreme weather conditions.

As a result, holiday enthusiasts are urged to check the local forecast before heading out. Dressing appropriately for the weather conditions is important to make the parade experience more enjoyable.

Event organizers are also keeping a close eye on the forecast to prepare for possible problems the weather could bring.

"I know in the past there have been years where the costumes have gotten rained on, everything's been soaked," recalls Samantha Twiss, costume supervisor of the Toronto Santa Claus Parade. "We have to tell our volunteers to really be ready for everything. We tell them to throw a garbage bag in their pocket just in case they need to throw it underneath their costume. Whatever they have to do to stay dry, we try and go with that."

Some float makers say styrofoam snow is the most durable
Some float makers say styrofoam snow is the most durable

Float makers in Toronto have been busy all year round and weigh in on choosing the best snow for a float.

"We use regular foam found in a mattress or cushion, painted white and dusted with iridescent glitter. That gives off a fabulous shine especially when the sun hits," one organizer told The Weather Network.

Another team however, says durability is the most important factor.

"In my experience I find that styrofoamsnow is the best simply because it holds up in rain or snow. The other stuff can melt away while this will hold up no matter what."

A blustery forecast can also cause problems for parade organizers.

"Wind can affect the floats in the parade, says Twiss. "So we just have to make sure that everything's secure and that nothing blows away!"

Do you plan to attend the Santa Claus Parade in your area this year? Be sure to check your local forecast before heading out. You can also upload your parade pictures to our Photos and Videos Gallery.

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