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At least 14 pumpkin parades in East TO November 1

pumpkin from 161101 -JENN WILSON

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Wilson

UPDATE at 5:00 p.m.:  Just got word on a Facebook group that apparently the Gledhill Park pumpkin parade has been cancelled due to weather.

There are at least 14 “Pumpkin Parades” happening in various parts of East York and east TO tonight, most starting at 6:30 p.m. though some at 6 and others at 7.  Various events have different arrangements for lighting and display of the pumpkins.  At all of them people are encouraged to bring their carved pumpkins to display in the “parades” which have them placed in line like a parade for display.

Some events include free candles provided, others expect you to bring your own candle or a tea light.  There are prizes at one, free treats or warm drinks at others.

All except one include responsible on-site disposal of the jack-o’-lanterns afterwards, with bins provided for City of Toronto crews and/or local park volunteers arranging collection and direction to the proper destinations for composting.

See the posters for various events in the accompanying Gallery graphic.  (When you  click on a poster it will take you to a page where you can also click again to zoom in! To return to article press your browser’s back button.)  For location addresses and more detailed descriptions see the listings entry below the Gallery.

6-9: Dentonia Park, 80 Thyra Ave. (Dentonia Ave. at Sibley Ave.)  People are encouraged to bring their carved pumpkins, with tea lights inside. Lighters available at the park.

6:30-9 at East Lynn Park, 1949 Danforth Ave., sponsored by Danforth East Community Associaton.  Residents are welcome to bring out their pumpkins to the 8th annual edition of this event starting at 6:30 p.m., with festivities beginning at dark. Lots of fun for the whole family!

6:30-9: The East York Village pumpkin parade with Ward 20 Councillor Mary Fragedakis takes place outside the East York Civic Centre, 850 Coxwell Ave.

6:30-07:30: Ed McCleverty Playground (aka Ted Reeve Playground), 2230 Gerrard St. E. (next to Ted Reeve Arena). Family-friendly event sponsored by Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon.  Pumpkins lit with tea lights should be brought to wading pool area.

6:30:  Felstead Park, 49 Felstead Ave.  Bring your pumpkins and join the lit pumpkin lines along the park pathways.  Bring your own candles; volunteers will be available to help light the jack-o’-lanterns.  Starting at 8 we’ll be doing the “Pumpkin Smash” with the pumpkins.

7: Gledhill Park, 125 Gledhill Ave. People are encouraged to bring their carved pumpkins, with candles inside, to display in the “parade,” which sees them placed in a line in the park.

6:30-9: Kew Gardens Park, 2075 Queen Street East, sponsored by Union Realty.  Pumpkins will be displayed in the “parade,” by the picnic tables in Kew Gardens.  Free treats!

7-8: Leslie Grove Park, 1159 Queen St. E., with Councillor Paula Fletcher. People are encouraged to bring their carved pumpkins, with candles inside, to display in the “parade,” which sees them placed in a line in the park.

6:30-9: Moncur Park, 38 Robbins Avenue. Prizes to be won.  Free hot chocolate!

6:30-9: Norwood Park, 16 Norwood Road. People are encouraged to bring their carved pumpkins, with candles inside, to display in the “parade,” which sees them placed in a line in the park.

7-9: Phin Park, 115 Condor Ave. in the “Pocket” area, with Ward 30 Councillor Paula Fletcher.  Bring your pumpkins and join your neighbours. Hot chocolate, popcorn and music too!

6:30> Presteign Heights Elementary School, 2570 St. Clair Ave. E.  An inaugural event, sponsored by the Parkview Hills Community Association.  Bring lighted pumpkin.  Residents are asked to take the pumpkins home with them for disposal afterwards.

6:  Stephenson Park, 61 Stephenson Ave.  Another first-time event, it will also include a bon fire.  Pumpkin Pete will be collecting small donations for the Christmas gifts for seniors at nearby Jean Dudley House.

6:30-9: Withrow Park, 725 Logan Ave.  People are encouraged to bring their carved pumpkins, with candles inside, to the Strathcona-Hogarth pathway entrance display in the “parade,” which sees them placed in a line in the park.

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