Eaton's had published the story of Punkinhead, the sad little ginger-haired bear who wanted to be in the Santa Claus Parade in 1948. By 1950 he had been established as a favourite appearing not only in the Parade but in Toyland as merchandise: stuffed animals, watches, records and story books. He was still a feature as late as 1986 in their Christmas marketing. I only wish I still had my Punkinhead stuffed bear - apparently it would be worth a small fortune today.
Costumes for the parade were made to standard sizes and marchers were fit to the costumes with minor adjustments being made. Most of the costumes were a size too big so warm clothing could be worn underneath. Even a court lady can get cold when the wind is blowing down Bay Street.
08 decembre - L'Immacolata Concezione