The Toronto Santa Claus parade started in 1905 when a single float carrying Santa Claus arrived at Toronto Union Station and made its way to the downtown Eaton's department store where Santa shook hands with Timothy Eaton.
Last Sunday's parade (the 105th) had more than 25 floats;
Playstation's "Little Big Planet"
25 marching bands ;
including our own Philippine Heritage Band who has been part of the parade for 38 years
and 1,700 volunteer participants.
It wasn't easy looking for the perfect spot
not unless you won a contest and
you get to sit on a couch by the curbside
A fully booked couch.
Despite the cold weather, long wait and the crowd, it is still one of the best activities to get you in a holiday mood.
According to Guinness World Records, PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world with 371,600 m² of retail space. PATH is a 27-kilometre (17 mi) network of pedestrian tunnels beneath the office towers of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Here's what's connected in the PATH :
More than 50 buildings or office towers
Twenty parking garages,
Five subway stations,
Two major department stores,
Two major shopping centres,
Six major hotels,
A railway terminal
The CN Tower and Rogers Centre are connected via an enclosed elevated walkway, called Skywalk, from Union Station. Once a year, businesses in PATH host the world's largest underground sidewalk sale.
There are more than 125 grade level access points and 60 decision points where a pedestrian has to decide between turning left or right, or continuing straight on.
Each letter in PATH is a different colour, each representing a direction. The P is red and represents south. The orange A directs pedestrians to the west, while the blue T directs them to the north. The H is yellow and points to the east.
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom - Anais Nin
With these words Life After Steel is re-formatted giving way to other interests. The original welcome piece below is retained for despite the changes, this blog will continue to welcome all former NSCeans. Feb. 11, 2010
For everyone who was once part of NSC, the steel mill of long ago in unforgettable Iligan City, where families were formed, friendships were forged, and careers started.
My purpose is to have a permanent place in the web for anything NSC, to reach out to as many former colleagues as possible. This is for looking back, for reconnecting, and life after steel. Nov. 15, 2008
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