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article imageSt. Patrick's Day Parade in Toronto

By Bart B. Van Bockstaele     Mar 16, 2009 in Entertainment
Yesterday was a beautiful day in Toronto, with temperatures of up to 9.6C. An ideal day for the yearly unofficial start of spring, with the traditional St. Patrick's Day Parade. All things green were "in" yesterday, and something not-so-green as well.
The annual St. Patrick's Day parade is a real tradition in Toronto, and this year was its 22nd incarnation. They started at St. George and Bloor, marched to Yonge Street, went south past College Park and the Eaton Centre and turned west on the aptly named Queen Street West to finally disperse on University Avenue. The parade was about one-and-a-half hours long.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17. St. Patrick is a patron saint of Ireland. Although this day is an official holiday in Ireland, it is not in Canada, but the folklore certainly lives here, as evidenced by the annual parade.
In the parade, several floats participate, usually around a certain theme. This year, Obama mania could be felt here as well as Obama was prominently present, even with a look-alike.
How many people have watched the parade is hard to say, since I was only a spectator, and the trajectory was fairly long, but it is safe to estimate that several thousand people have watched it, often families with children.
Seasonally speaking, St. Patrick's Day falls is very close to the official start of spring, but it is often still too cold for many people to recognize it as such. This year, it was different, thanks to a blue sky, bright sun, and very mild. Although the temperature officially did not rise above 10C, it did feel a whole lot warmer in the sun, because there was hardly any wind.
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