The annual Beaches Easter Parade organized by the Toronto Beaches Lions Club had its largest crowd ever on April 9.
“There were over a 100,000 people today,” said Lido Chilelli, co-producer of the Beaches Easter parade event.
The parade started at 2 p.m. on Queen Street East at Munro Avenue and continued west along Queen, ending at Woodbine Avenue.
The Beaches Easter Parade first started in 1967 and has been an annual tradition in the Beaches community for 56 years. It ranks as one of the largest Easter parades in the world, according to the Beaches Lion Club.
“It was great. It’s just a fun, feel good event,” Beaches-East York MPP Mary-Margaret McMahon said. “People were happy. It was beautiful weather. They were spending time with their families,”
The parade had people from across the city, local businesses, service clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Guides. It included numerous floats and musical bands performing for the audience while the fire department, City of Toronto officials and the police were there to support the event.
“Easter is an important time of year to gather with family, reflect on our blessings, and welcome the coming of spring. It was wonderful to attend my first Beaches Easter parade, and see so many East York and Scarborough residents taking part in this joyful occasion,” said Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie. “Celebrations like this are what make Toronto the best city in the world, and I look forward to the continued success of the Beaches Easter parade for many years to come.”
To be in the parade next year, visit https://www.beacheseasterparade.ca/purchase-permit for more information!