Post on : December 3, 2023

Over 50,000 spectators had their Christmas wishes granted as they were treated to a fantastic array of floats, bands, performing groups and lovable characters at the 2023 Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade. “It was an awesome day for the Parade with light winds and clear skies.  You could really feel the excitement in the air as Santa Claus returned to Downtown streets following an unfortunate postponement last Sunday.”, said Gaylynne Gulliver of Downtown St. John’s.

Employees of Newfoundland Power, a corporate sponsor of the event, were out in full force gathering food and cash for Santa’s annual food drive in aid of the Community Food Sharing Association.  Newfoundland Power are also matching funds collected at the Parade up to $15,000.00

The winners of various categories for the 2023 Downtown St. John’s Christmas Parade Parade were:

Charlie Cook Community Spirit Award:

            Ukrainian Cultural Organization

Best Corporate Floats:    

  1. Vale Newfoundland and Labrador
  2. Harvey’s
  3. Heave Away Waste Management & Elite Kitchens and Designs- tied for third

Best Non-Corporate Floats:

  1. Parks Canada
  2. Iceberg Alley Riders
  3. Memorial University

Best Performing Groups:

  1. Sorensen School of Dance
  2. Revolutions
  3. Ashley Feltham School of Dance

Best Cheerleading Groups

  1. Waterford Valley
  2. Beaconsfield Junior High
  3. Cheer Sport Sharks NL

Best Marching Band:

  1. Music Collection Drumline

There will be no time to rest as Santa will be busy answering a sleigh full of letters collected by his special elves from Canada Post.

Downtown St. John’s would like to thank Newfoundland Power, NTV and OZ FM, Allstar Rebar, the City of St. John’s, St. John’s Regional Fire Department, RNC, Rovers Ground Search and Rescue,  Eastern Health,  St. John Ambulance, Bell, East Can Transport, and Colliers International as  well as the thousands of Parade participants, spectators, volunteers and community agencies who made the event such a success.