St. Patricks Day Parade, 19 March 2017
Watching floats, bands, banners, flags, leprechauns, bagpipes, drums, dancers, hurlers, soccer players, dragons, shamrocks, leprechauns, crazy hats, green hats, green everything, but most of all, people.
Nathan Phillips Square, Saturday 19 November
A cold wet day.
below: Stop the Fascists
below: Make America Love Again
below: We all share one atomosphere, one ocean, one earth
below: Demand accountability from elected officals – stand up for the disempowered.
below: We are the Storm and we will leave light in our wake.
below: “Not fit for president, wake up America!”
below: Nathan Phillips Square during the rally.
below: Canada rejects bigotry
below: Nastywoman hashtag in action
below: Can’t comb over sexism and bigotry
below: Trans Lives Matter and Love Trumps Hate
below: One giant step backwards
below: With butterflies, hearts and sparkles
below: Bersih demonstrators join the rally. This group is calling for the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak
below: Trump Election: Byproduct of Obama/Clinton Neoliberalism – Bolshevik Tendency
#trumprally | #lovetrumpshate | #nastywoman
Labour Day parade 2016
Monday, September 5th,
The parade started at Queen and University and moved westward to Dufferin Street.
According to the ‘Toronto Star’ newspaper, there were 25,000 people walking this year.
below: The parade ended at the Dufferin Gates of the Canadian National Exhibition. Labour Day weekend is also when the CNE Air Show is on and as a result, many of the planes taking part in the show also flew over the parade.
below: You know the parade is over when the street sweepers come around the corner.
As I’m sure you all know, the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio have just finished recently. Canadian athletes won a total of 22 medals, almost a record number for a summer Olympics (tied with the Atlanta games in 1996). A celebratory ‘homecoming’ parade was held today to honour some current, and some former, Canadian athletes who call Toronto home.
below: Lots of people of all ages and dressed in red, or red and white, lined the Danforth from East Lynn park to Woodbine for the start of the parade. There were lots of Canadian flags!
below: Also pre-parade, Arda Zakarian from CP24 interviewed the crowd waiting on the sidewalk on the shady side of the Danforth.
below: Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne, made an appearance at the beginning of the parade. She didn’t walk in the parade, instead she met with the crowd who were waiting for the parade to begin.
below: The sound of bagpipes meant the start of the parade!
below: Riding in a vintage red and white pick-up truck were members of the women’s athletics team: Crystal Emmanuel, Nikkita Holder, Alicia Brown, Phylicia George, and Eseroghene (Ese) Omene
below: Women’s beach volleyball players, Kristina Valjas, and Jamie Broder, sit on either side of their coach John May.
below: There was a giant Canadian flag held aloft by a group of people.
below: Name that athlete.
below: Rose Cossar, rhythmic gymnastics (2012).
below: Penny Olesiak and Michelle Williams, both medal winning swimmers, rode in a red convertible. Here they are being interviewed as the parade moved slowly down Woodbine Ave.
below: Closer up, Penny and Michelle.
The parade continued down Woodbine Avenue to Queen Street East where it end at Kew Garden. I didn’t walk that far with them. Apparently there was a very good turnout – lots of people went to show their support and/or their appreciation including the mayor, John Tory.
below: And last, a few more crowd shots! More red, more flags and more signs.
This year’s Dyke March (the 20th!) was an energetic, supportive, and positive celebration once again. It was led as usual by motorcycles and then Dykes on Bikes. Numerous groups and individuals walked and there was a good turnout that lined the sidewalks to watch the parade pass by. Colourful. Joyful.
#pride | #prideTO | #prideToronto
Yesterday the Portuguese community in Toronto held their 29th annual Portugal Day parade. It was a lively, happy occasion. Hundreds of people lined Dundas Street West between Lansdowne and Trinity Bellwoods Park to watch the parade. They showed their Portuguese colours with flags, banners, hats, soccer shirts, and lots of red clothes! Young soccer players demonstrated their skills. People of all ages wore traditional dress from different parts of Portugal as they walked and danced along the parade route. There was music too – bagpipes, marching bands, and music to dance to.