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East York athletes being celebrated with Olympic Parade Sunday August 28

East York Ward 32 Olympic ParadeThree East York politicians have joined forces to organize an impromptu parade and celebration to fete the participation at the Rio Olympics by East Toronto athletes.

Ward 32 Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts and Beaches-East York MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith have organized a parade followed by formal presentations to take place starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 28.

The parade leaves East Lynn Park (1949 Danforth Ave. a block west of Woodbine Ave.) at 11 a.m. and goes east on Danforth to Woodbine Ave., south to Queen Street East and along Queen St. to Kew Gardens, 2075 Queen St. E., where the formal presentations and live music will take place starting at noon.  Others participating in the ceremony will include Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Organizers haven’t yet confirmed which of the several local athletes who went to Rio will be taking part but presumably they will include multiple medal winning swimmer Penny Oleksiak, a Beaches resident and Monarch Park Collegiate student.

Other Olympians expected to participate include beach volley player Kristina Valjas , runner and bronze medalist (men’s 4-by-100 metre sprint) Aaron Brown, swimmers Javier Acevedo and Martha McCabe and canoeists K. C. Fraser and Genevieve Orton of the Balmy Beach Canoe Club as well as Canadian Womens Shot Put champion Brittany Crew.

Initiated in association with the Beaches Village Business Improvement Area and Danforth East Community Association, the event is meant to include and celebrates all Rio Olympics participants who were born, raised or train in east Toronto as well as coaches.

Organizers encourage the public to line the route and to wear red and white, bring a flag and make a sign to show your support for the athletes.

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