Massive Power Outage Hits Santa Claus Parade

The Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade
The Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade

Despite the rain, the Brampton Board of Trade Santa Claus Parade got off to a great start this weekend, with thousands of fans lining the route along Main Street.

Then, disaster struck.

As the first vehicle in the parade, a classic 1974 Chevy Impala police cruiser, made its way down the parade route, the electricity cut out and left the street dark. The cause? Less than a kilometre away, a vehicle collided with a hydro pole, damaging a transformer which burst into flames, causing a mini-blackout to the entire area.

If you were one of the thousands of people who stayed dry at home hoping to watch the parade broadcast live on Facebook, you were surely disappointed, since the power outage affected the broadcast transmission, cutting the live feed just as the parade began.

Well, you are in luck.

Despite the outage, Santa’s TV elves were hard at work operating their TV cameras and hand-cranking their magic energy generators to keep the lights on, and, looking at the video below, it appears that they were successful.

The blackout takes place at the 14-minute mark of the video below, with a light burst in the sky from the transformer explosion visible just a few seconds later.

Enjoy the full broadcast of the Santa Claus Parade right here.




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