We’ve info on what you can expect to see in tomorrow’s Easter parade

Spring is here and so is Easter. The good folks of Toronto are gearing up for Easter festivities and many are looking forward to the annual Easter Parade, popularly know as Beaches Lions parade. 

So what’s so special about this Easter Parade? We’ll tell you all that you need to know about the Beaches Lions parade and why you can’t afford to miss it:

Parade history

It started in the year 1967 along the boardwalk on the beach, and so it was called Beaches Parade.  Given the popularity of the parade, it moved from the beach to Queen Street in 1974 to accommodate more people. In 1981, Toronto Beaches Lions Club took over the organizing of the parade. It is the longest running Easter parade across the world and this Easter marks the 52nd annual parade.

Parade venue and timings

On April 1st, the Beaches Lions Parade will start off from Queen Street at Munro Park Road at 2 pm. It will then move towards Woodbine Avenue in the west and then will head south to Lake Shore Boulevard East. Roads around Queen Street and Woodbine Avenue will be closed for vehicles.

Parade floats, bands, and Easter bunny

With over a 100 people participating and close to a dozen bands taking part, this year’s parade is touted to be bigger and better than last year. Easter bunny will be the guest of honour and over 20 floats will add colour to the parade.

Grand Marshal

Every year, an eminent personality takes over the role of parade’s Grand Marshal. This year, the gold-winning figure skater at 2018 Olympic Winter Games, Gabrielle Daleman, will preside over the parade as Grand Marshal.

Easter fundraiser run 

In order to raise funds for future parades, Toronto Beaches Runners Club is helping Beaches Lions Club by organizing a fun run of five kilometres at 10 am on April 1st. There is also a one-kilometre bunny hop event for kids at 9:20 am tomorrow.

Excited to witness the parade? Hope to see you guys at the Easter parade tomorrow.