Canada Day at the East York Parade and Stan Wadlow Park

Two traditional Canada Day events in Toronto are the East York Canada Day Parade, followed by festivities in Stan Wadlow Park. My wife and I took photos in the morning and early afternoon of July 1, 2015. Of course, celebrating Canada Day is an annual summer event in many parts of Toronto.

Before the East York Canada Day Parade

"Canada Day in Toronto at Cosburn and Woodbine" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Canada Day in Toronto at Cosburn and Woodbine” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Looking south along Woodbine at Cosburn, we see a growing crowd waiting for this Canada Day parade. At this time, the roads were being closed to most traffic; the final vehicles had a work crew and road closure fences.

"Awaiting their 2015 Canada Day Parade in Toronto" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Awaiting their 2015 Canada Day Parade in Toronto” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Linda found a crowd farther north along Woodbine Avenue. Many East York residents walk a few blocks to watch the parade.

Starting the 2015 East York Canada Day Parade

"Glimpse of the Canada Day Parade Leaders" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Glimpse of the Canada Day Parade Leaders” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Police and fire vehicles lead the parade, finally glimpsed in the distance beyond the police officer. Many people were quite willing to stand on the road, rather than staying on the sidewalk. However, a few cars had driven through that intersection even a few minutes before we saw the parade.

"Fire Truck in the East York Canada Day Parade" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Fire Truck in the East York Canada Day Parade” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Here is the fire truck, the second vehicle in this parade. Both the police and fire vehicles “whooped” the odd siren blast for the crowd’s enjoyment.

"A military accordion band in the Canada Day parade" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“A military accordion band in the Canada Day parade” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Have you ever seen a military accordion band? Neither had I.

Floats and Marchers in the Canada Day Parade

The parade had some floats along with the marching bands.

"Hillbillies parading with their raccoon" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Hillbillies parading with their raccoon” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Here are some hillbillies (or “hillbillys”). Note the raccoon near the rear end of the float, hanging just ahead of the Stars and Stripes. Was this float an example of moving your whole home – a log cabin, in this instance – to a new location?

"Remember the 1967 Stanley Cup Parade" image (c) by Linda DeHaan
“Remember the 1967 Stanley Cup Parade” image (c) by Linda DeHaan

Of course, Toronto can never forget the glorious 1967 Stanley Cup victory; the last time the Maple Leaf team had won the NHL championship. It’s bitter-sweet to think that so many of us were not alive… or not living in Toronto… when the Maple Leaf team last hoisted the Stanley Cup.

"Boy Scouts in the Canada Day Parade" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Boy Scouts in the Canada Day Parade” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

We also saw a float dedicated to Scouting. While this lad was paddling, others may have had a more “in-tents” experience. I didn’t photograph the six flags: two for Canada, one for East York, one for Beavers and two for Scouting.

"EMS Dogs and EMS Workers in the Canada Day Parade" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“EMS Dogs and EMS Workers in the Canada Day Parade” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

EMS employs dogs as well as humans, it would seem. While it may appear that the marchers are holding hands, that’s just a trick of perspective. Really they are marching in step.

Quite a few dogs marched in various sections of the parade, but this is the only photo where they are shown. The one in the foreground noticed a discarded wrapper on the street. Quite a few onlookers had brought their dogs along. Strangely, there were very few barks during the parade… I was surprised that the hounds didn’t call out to each other.

"Shriners Mini-Cars in the Canada Day Parade" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Shriners Mini-Cars in the Canada Day Parade” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The Shriners entertained with their mini-car driving prowess. Here, they drove in quick circles as they progressed along the parade route. They demonstrated a variety of different formations in the space of a few blocks.

Other marching groups included city and provincial politicians with entourages; service organizations, including a church; community garden advocates; and others that I didn’t identify as they went past. One Conservative politician had the fanciest car, although hot-rod enthusiasts were louder. There were also more military groups than what I’ve illustrated here.

Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day 2015

This first photo shows the view from just south of Stan Wadlow Park.

"Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The baseball infield on the left hosted the main stage for musicians and politicians…  but unfortunately they are hidden behind the white tent. My wife and I had gotten there quickly after the parade had wrapped up, so we didn’t have to wait long for our hotdog and hamburger.

"Midway Rides at Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Midway Rides at Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

The midway was at the north end of the park, with at least one food concession as well as rides. There were several more rides than this, but I liked this view from above the hub-bub and bally-hoo.

"Ferris Wheel at Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day" image (c) by Mike DeHaan
“Ferris Wheel at Stan Wadlow Park on Canada Day” image (c) by Mike DeHaan

Well, I was not above the Ferris wheel. At the bottom of this photo, some folk had decided that the soccer goalposts were just as amusing as any midway ride. Or, at least, there was not nearly the line-up for them.

The white vehicles in the background would be the midway company’s trailers. It’s amazing how the large rides can be taken down and transported in relatively modest trailers. After all, a carnival can’t stay in one place for too long; there’s another city down the road just waiting for the midway.

We did not stay for the evening’s fireworks; but that’s another story, called “Canada Day Fireworks in Toronto at Ashbridges Bay“.

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