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Photos of the Toronto Vintage Easter Parade 2013

Posted by Scott Snider / April 1, 2013

Toronto Vintage Easter ParadeThe second annual Toronto Vintage Easter Parade organized by Bee's Knees Dance Studio took place on Sunday afternoon in an atmosphere of slightly confused but energetically displayed joy. Based on the traditional pedestrian Easter Parade in New York City upon which the fabulous Fred Astaire & Judy Garland film was based, the Toronto version features a small group of people donning their finest vintage clothing and singing and dancing their way around what turned out to be an improvised route.

Toronto Vintage Easter ParadeToronto Vintage Easter ParadeMost of the confusion came at the beginning when participants emerged from the studio near Yonge and Bloor to discover a crowd of about 50 people lining the sidewalk and facing the street waiting for what they obviously expected to be a full blown Parade with floats and bands and Easter Bunnies. The group walked up the opposite side of the street and waved cheerfully and yelled "Happy Easter" as they made their way north to the subway line in an effort to provide some sort of show for the thrill seekers who left looking very confused and less than thrilled.

Toronto Vintage Easter ParadeToronto Vintage Easter ParadeOnce the group reached the subway there was singing and dancing in the station at Bloor before heading north. A stop at Rosedale, where more singing took place on the platform, was cause for some laughs for the folks waiting on the southbound side.

Toronto Vintage Easter ParadeToronto Vintage Easter ParadeToronto Vintage Easter ParadeAfter another stop at Eglinton and more song and dance the group headed south to Union and points beyond, taking advantage of the new subway's open carriages to parade up and down the length of the train. All in all it was some harmless fun and a good spring spirit raiser for everyone involved, and seems likely to grow as people look for alternatives to the strictly child-focused Beaches parade.

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Bettie / April 1, 2013 at 12:14 pm
Nice, but I'd anticipated that you'd go south, not north. After Mass at St. Mike's Cathedral, I brought myself and my camera to nearby Yonge/Dundas Square, a natural rendezvous for you and all things and people of interest and daring. Was pleased that the weather was outdoors-bearable for you, too. But . . . there you were not. So, for a reason I forget, I had in mind to expect you in the Eaton Centre, but . . . there you were not again. You would have been recognized, welcomed and celebrated by us customary denizens of those two locales. But. So . . . never mind. Pleased that you had fun among yourselves. Happy Easter.
Mandi Gould / April 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm
What fun! Thanks for the great photos.
deni edwards / April 1, 2013 at 12:50 pm
Awesome, looks like a lot of fun :)
horizoncarrie / April 1, 2013 at 01:59 pm
To the girl in the blue dress in picture four(far right), where are your shoes from?!!!!!!!!!
rick mcginnis / April 1, 2013 at 04:08 pm
Of course if they wanted to be period-correct for Toronto, they'd have done this on the boardwalk at Sunnyside.
Me / April 2, 2013 at 01:01 am
They needed to be more clear in the adverts for this 'parade"
It did sound like a real live Easter parade.
It was nothing but a bunch of people dressed up in old clothes dancing at subway stops. It had nothing to do with Easter what-so-ever.
Kind of ridicules.
Mandi Gould / April 2, 2013 at 10:33 am
The confusion came from the media. People heard the word "parade" and got the wrong idea in their heads. It's a shame that so few people are familiar with the original New York Easter Bonnet Parade which is a pedestrian event for people to dress up and go for a stroll to celebrate and greet one another with a "How do you do" and "Happy Easter" on Easter Sunday. Hopefully more people will dress up and join in next year rather than expecting to watch. It's just not a spectator event, but everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.
k replying to a comment from horizoncarrie / April 2, 2013 at 10:42 am
I bought them from Jonathan & Olivia on Ossington. I think they were part of their TopShop collection a couple years back.
Jasmine / April 2, 2013 at 05:46 pm
As out-of-towners, we thought it was great fun. Thank you for accepting us as part of your parade!
Sue / April 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm
Fantastic photos! Thanks for joining us on the parade and documenting our fun.
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