Night of Dread Parade 2022

Clay & Paper Theatre presents the 23rd annual NIGHT OF DREAD, a parade of fearful pageantry, revels and mockery on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH, from Shaw St (just north of Bloor) to Westmoreland Ave (beside Dovercourt Park), from 6:00 to 7:00pm. At this much loved, family-friendly, community event, we invite Torontonians to call on, mock and banish their small fears and their big fears for their communities and the world, through parade and pageantry, music and ritual. This year, you will again be able to enjoy this procession from the comfort of your front lawns, porches and sidewalks in this parade-in-place, performer-only event.

Dress code for the event: black and white and dreadful...

>>The route for the parade can be found below.<<

Because of the ongoing renovation of the Dufferin Grove Park Rink House, we have no place to stage the full park event. Therefore, this is a parade-only version this year on October 29th, from Christie Pits to Dovercourt Park.

In lieu of the traditional Night of Dread bonfire and other revels, Clay and Paper Theatre will send out our Fear Catchers to collect your fears during the parade. So BRING OUT YOUR FEARS! Write them down on a piece of paper - your big fears, your little fears, your fears for the world! - and make sure to give them to our Fear Catcher helpers. And during the parade Clay and Paper Theatre also encourages all audience members to raise a dreadful racket with pots and pans, drums, musical instruments and other noisemakers.

There are lots of positions to be filled: volunteer parade marshals, production assistants, puppeteers and character performers. Your assistance is crucial. Please email us at to discuss volunteer options.

There will be Volunteer Orientation Sessions on October 22nd and 23rd at 11am at Christie Pits Park. You will only need to attend ONE session. On the day of the Night of Dread event, volunteer call times will vary depending on your role. Please contact us for more info.

ALSO: There will be no parade puppet sign-out the day of the event due to it being a non-park and performer-only parade this year. So book your puppet ahead of time at You will be able to pick up your puppet at Christie Pits between 4:00 and 5:00pm, where a C&P puppet master will help you get into your puppet and give you some parading tips.

The parade begins at 6pm. All parade performers and puppeteers and volunteers will be organized along Crawford street first (at the top of Christie Pits Park). The parade will then proceed:
-South of Crawford to the alley above Bloor
-West on the alley to Shaw
-North on Shaw to Hallam
-West on Hallam to Westmoreland
-South on Westmoreland to Fernbank
-West on Fernbank to Bartlett
-South on Bartlett to Southview and ends beside Dovercourt Park


*************CRUCIAL DREADFUL FUNDRAISER *****************

The Future of Night of Dread is in doubt and your help is needed urgently.

For the first time in 23 years, we need to ask for your help to cover the costs for the Night of Dread Parade.

Your support will make a “Dreadful” night into a successful community event.

“Night of Dread is OUR event,” is a regular refrain we hear from our community members. And indeed it is.

Your generosity will have a direct impact on community well-being.

We’ll continue to work with local artists and our Dufferin Grove and Davenport community members to create a moving, shared experience that brings people together.

And now, more than ever, we need to continue to name and call out our fears for ourselves and the world through art and community.

To donate to our DREADFUL FUNDRAISER and to find out more details about our situation, please go to our CanadaHelps campaign page:

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