Shriners coming to Toronto

Some much-needed mirth is in store for downtown Toronto as 10,000 Shriners make their way to the city for their 136th annual convention beginning Sunday.

Think fez caps, tiny cars, parades.

Their influx is expected to inject $4 million into the downtown economy, which is a nice change from last weekend, to say the least. Aside from clowns and motorbikes, the fraternal organization is known for its charitable work with children's hospitals.

"The parade and the fun that we'll have, the thousands of people on the streets, it is always a thrill," Barry McQuillin, Director General of the Shrine Imperial Session in Toronto told the Toronto Star. "But we are not doing it to particularly amuse ourselves, we're doing it for the citizens of the Toronto."

There are 22,000 Shriners in Canada and 350,000 members worldwide. They will parade down University Ave. on Tuesday, starting at 1 p.m.

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