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The Toronto Easter Parade (it's in the Beaches)

Posted by Alexandra Grigorescu / April 2, 2012

Easter Parade TorontoThe Toronto Easter parade goes down this Sunday (April 8th) in The Beaches. The annual parade, now in its 46th year, is put on by the Toronto Beaches Lion's Club and is their most visible event. Sunday's float-filled event is expected to draw crowds of up to 50,000 spectators for a family-friendly, non-denominational celebration. Past Easter parade highlights have included characters from the Muppets, antique Toronto street-cars and multiple marching bands, and of course, the Easter Bunny himself. The official parade guidelines state, quite sternly, that "there is only one Easter bunny" and that is "the one provided by the Beaches Lions Club." So there.

Where does it take place? The Beaches, of course. The parade route begins at Neville Park and heads west along a shut-down Queen St. until it reaches Woodbine Ave. Commuters beware: there'll be other small street closures in the area so plan a route beforehand.

To avoid the inevitably massive congestion of onlookers, you should try to arrive early. The parade officially kicks off at approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 and will run until 4 p.m.

Photo by sniderscion in the blogTO Flickr pool.



BM / April 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm
bob replying to a comment from BM / April 2, 2012 at 01:16 pm
Which beach?
steve / April 2, 2012 at 03:09 pm
Beaches is correct
BM replying to a comment from steve / April 2, 2012 at 03:23 pm
Yes Steve. Beaches is correct if you just moved to the city. If you've lived here all your life, it's beach.
Thanks but.. replying to a comment from BM / April 2, 2012 at 04:01 pm
That's interesting. I'm from the Beaches and only tourists and newbs call it the Beach.
bob loblaw / April 2, 2012 at 04:52 pm
Long time beacher here. It is the beach, not beaches.

If it was 'beaches,' locals would be known as beachesers, which they aren't. Nuff said.
steve replying to a comment from BM / April 2, 2012 at 05:21 pm
was born and raised here, always has been the beaches to me
BH / April 2, 2012 at 06:52 pm
Somebody had better fix the engine on that car, because that bunny looks pissed!
joe / April 6, 2012 at 10:15 pm
Jesus Christ, it doesn't matter if it's Beach or Beaches.

Tell me why it matters and I may start caring. You can't, can you? Don't say it's heritage, because both have been used for decades and decades.
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