pumpkin parade toronto

What Toronto's biggest pumpkin parade looks like

In what is very quickly becoming a major November 1st tradition in Toronto, pumpkin parades took place in parks across the city last night as a last hurrah for all the creative carving done in the lead-up to Halloween. But as these various pumpkin death marches multiply, it's still the Sorauren Park parade that gets the gold gourd.

pumpkin parade toronto

Sorauren was the first pumpkin parade back in 2004, but it's a trend that quickly caught on with well over 30 post-Halloween lantern displays now all over Toronto.

pumpkin parade toronto

Sorauren's event had over 2,000 pumpkins on display with hundreds of people slowly walking in procession to take a look at the lit up pieces of art on both sides of the park's pathways.

pumpkin parade toronto

Pumpkins lined up didn't quite make it all the way around the park, which was the goal, but they'll have no problem reaching that goal by next year.

pumpkin parade toronto

Cameras and phones were flashing all night as people tried to capture the art and beauty of some of the amazing carvings. A few trends this year were white pumpkins, huge pumpkins, as well as Raptors- and Raccoon-themed pumpkins.

pumpkin parade toronto

There were only a few Trumpkins in what quickly became known as the political pumpkin zone at the south end of the park.

pumpkin parade toronto

Hundreds of kids roamed the trails and grassy field in the middle of the park waiting for the 9:30 p.m. pumpkin dumpster toss, when everyone helped throw the gourds in the giant compost bins provided by the city.

Check out more photos below!

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Photos by Hamish Grant.


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