Our event begins with a parade winding its way through the streets of East York beginning at Dieppe Park and ending at Woodbine Ave. and Cosburn Ave. When the parade is over the event continues one block east on Cosburn Ave. in Stan Wadlow Park.
Within the park there is a variety of displays and booths that highlight the various groups and organizations in the East York area. For fun and relaxation the City of Toronto pool and splash pad will be operational. There will also be a midway complete with carnival rides in the park’s lower flats. If you get hungry a variety of food vendors are available to satisfy your cravings.
Throughout the day entertainment is available on our stage. We attempt to highlight local entertainers. When it gets dark our event concludes with a fireworks display. It has been described as being as close to exploding starbursts as one can get.
If you can’t join us for the entire day please feel free to come throughout the day taking in as much as you wish.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
True Davidson was a very prominent person in East York during the 1950’s and 1960’s. Always involved in politics, she was an alderman (now called councillor), a reeve in the Township of East York and later the first Mayor when the towns of Leaside and East York joined to create the Borough of East York.
In 1957 she thought it would be nice to have a celebration to celebrate Dominion Day in East York. It consisted of a parade made up from the local groups in the area followed by a party on the lawns of the township property where these groups could promote what they do in the community. Lots of the locals had decorated their bikes and drove along in the parade and then showing them off in the park. In the evening it ended with entertainment and a dance. In 1962 the event moved to Stan Wadlow Park where we still continue to celebrate Canada Day in the same tradition.
We hope you can come and celebrate with us on July 1st!
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