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Olympic Love-In

The athletes sing "Oh Canada" at Kew Gardens -GARY W-P

The athletes sing “Oh Canada” at Kew Gardens -GARY W-P

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It’s the sort of event you’d normally only imagine happening in a small town like, say, Mariposa.  But in many ways, of course the East York and Beaches areas of Toronto are exactly that —small towns that happen to be located within a major urban metropolis.

Penny Oleksiak sets out on the parade route. -JENNIFER WILSON

Penny Oleksiak sets out on the parade route. -JENNIFER WILSON

The parade starts down the hill on Woodbine Ave. towards the Beaches. -GARY W-P

The parade starts down the hill on Woodbine Ave. towards the Beaches. -GARY W-P

And so, the impromptu parade and celebration of the accomplishments and dedication of local east-Toronto Olympians that was held on Sunday, August 28 totally exemplified that small town flavour and spirit.

Thrown together in less than a week by two community groups from East York and The Beach along with several local politicians, the hugely successful community love-in demonstrated the true colours of the local neighbourhoods.

A view of the massive crowd from the stage at Kew Gardens. -GARY W-P

A view of the massive crowd from the stage at Kew Gardens. -GARY W-P

 

Police presence was minimal and mostly just for show and to direct traffic, there were no untoward incidents despite the multitude of participants and everyone was feeling the love this day.

 

[Click photos to see them larger –and see Photos in our our Gallery below.]

 

GALLERY of PHOTOS FROM OLYMPIC CELEBRATION

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