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Toronto Beaches Lions Club Easter Parade (Toronto)

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Easter Parade 2016 on Easter Sunday March 27th at 2 p.m.

There could hardly be a better setting for a successful Easter Parade: The Beach neighbourhood with its quaint architecture, discreet storefront signs, wide sidewalks and, above all, community spirit rallied by the Beaches Lions Club. Small businesses and organizations create mini floats for the event. The parade starts on Queen east at Munro Park and runs westbound for roughly two hours, ending at Woodbine Avenue.

We saw a pick-up truck topped with a giant Easter hat, a multicoloured cart full of clowns and even a tractor-trailer filled with kids dressed as chicks. Among those parading, there were children on decorated bikes, boy scouts, pre-schoolers from a daycare, and even a small group of costumed dogs with their masters. When we’re not in the parade (in 2009, we made a river of ribbons filled with fish overflowing from our Golf’s hatchback to promote a fishing farm described in the guide!) we prefer to watch this parade from the gorgeous park by Glen Manor Drive (it offers parking spots on the street and is accessible from Kingston Road). Then, you can complete the outing by following the trail to Glen Stewart Ravine, north of Queen, or by walking 5 minutes south of Queen to reach the boardwalk by Lake Ontario.

If you're looking for a more religious easter event, try the Good Friday Procession in Little Italy.

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