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Scenes of holiday cheer at the Vancouver Santa Claus Parade

Thousands turn out to celebrate the season during the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade

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Santa Claus waves to spectators as the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade makes its way along West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

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Young spectators watch as the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade makes its way along West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

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Members of the Vancouver Police Department participate in the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade as it makes its way along West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

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Brent Hayden(centre), Canadian swimmer and London 2012 bronze medalist, waves to the crowd as he participates in the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

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Members of the BC Ambulance Service participate in the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

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Mrs. Clause from the Magic of Santa musical participates in the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

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Members of the Magic of Santa musical participate in the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

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Members of the Vanleena Dance Academy participate in the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

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A Santa's helper hands out gifts during the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

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The Grinch showed up for the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

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Spectators take pictures as the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade makes its way along West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

Rafal Gerszak/The Globe and Mail

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A parade participant makes her way with the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade along West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

Rafal Gerszak/The Globe and Mail

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Kids run out to play in artificial snow being blown from a float during the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

Rafal Gerszak/The Globe and Mail

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Spectators watch as the 9th annual Rogers Santa Claus Parade makes its way along West Georgia Street in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Sunday, December 2, 2012. More than 3,500 participants, including 60 marching bands, choirs, festive floats, and community groups took part in this year's parade.

Rafal Gerszak/The Globe and Mail

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