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Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013
Enjoy Fabulous Floats, Majestic Music and Irish Beer!
Since 1987, the Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade has become one of the city's foremost spectacles in March. Each year the Parade is usually held on a Sunday close to the St. Patrick's Day (17th March).
Toronto becomes a little Irish for the St. Patrick's Day Parade with thousands of Irish and non-Irish people assemble to enjoy Irish music, revelry, tradition and beer.
The Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade features dozens of colourful floats, marching bands and pipe bands, accompanied by the Grand Marshal.
All along the Parade route in downtown Toronto, you will find people line up in green attire - a green hat, cap, t-shirt, jacket, sweater, scarf or any other clothing. Green is the colour that you will stumble on everywhere.
Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade Route
The Parade begins at 12:00 noon at Bloor and St. George (near old University of Toronto Varsity Stadium) Streets and continues along east on Bloor Street, down Yonge and finally finishes at the junction of Queen Street and University Avenue near Nathan Phillip Square.
The Parade proceeds whether rain or shine and lasts about 1.5 - 2 hours.
Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade - Best Viewing Spots
The Parade can be enjoyed from any place along the route. Be sure to arrive a litter bit early.
If you want to leave early after the Parade, spots along the Bloor Street are perfect for you. However, the locations along Bloor Street pack early and tend to be slight crowded.
Spots on the Yonge are not much crowded and are close to several TTC stations, so I suggest you to pick a spot anywhere on Yonge street.
On the other hand, if you prefer to stay at Queen street near the end of the Parade route, you have to wait an extra hour for the Parade to reach its finish point.
So make your way to the Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade with friends and family. Enjoy the fascinating sights and sounds of the Parade.
Toronto St. Patrick's Day Parade 2012 - Tourist Information
Venue: Parade begins at Bloor and St. George streets and ends at Queen street and University Avenue in downtown Toronto
Event Date & Hours:
March 11, 2012 - 12.00 noon onwards
Transit and Driving Directions:
Subway, Streetcar or Bus, the TTC has multiple ways for you to get exactly where you want to go on the Parade route. For a list of routes and schedules, please visit www.ttc.ca
Take a GO bus or train to the Union Station in downtown core. From the Union Station, you can walk to nearby spot on the Parade route. You can also take TTC from the Union Station, especially if you want to find a good spot near the beginning of the Parade route on Bloor Street West. Please visit www.gotransit.ca for more details on routes and schedules.
From the West - Take Highway 401 E into Toronto and exit at Avenue Road (Exit 367). Continue south on Avenue Road until you reach Bloor Street West.
From the East - Take Highway 401 W into Toronto and exit at Don Valley Parkway. Then take Bloor Street exit and continue on Bloor Street West until you reach Avenue Road.
From the South - Take QEW/Gardiner Expressway E into Toronto. Take the Spadina Avenue exit. Continue on Spadina Avenue until you reach the Bloor Street West.
From the North - Take Highway 400 into Toronto, exiting onto Highway 401 East. On Highway 401 E, exit at Avenue Road (Exit 367). Continue south on Avenue Road until you reach Bloor Street West.
Parking: Several street parking and public parking lots are available close to the Parade route (Parking fees may range from $5 to $20). Green P has a variety of locations that provides easy access to the Parade route, visit www.greenp.com for a list of locations. However, I strongly suggest you to use public transit.
For more information visit www.topatrick.com