Thousands of Christians gathered outside of Queen's Park in Toronto Saturday to celebrate the annual Jesus in the City parade. Under a mix of sunshine and gray skies (sometimes rain), the crowd celebrated Jesus Christ and marched the city streets.
Praise the Lord!
On a day where many events closed the streets of Toronto, the annual Jesus in the City parade was held. Since Sept. 11, 1999, thousands of people unite once a year to bring Jesus Christ to life. Outside of the Ontario Legislature at Queen’s Park Saturday, Christians gathered to celebrate Jesus and Christianity with dance, music, praise and a parade.
With floats, banners of books of the Bible, worshippers dressed as biblical characters and choirs – and even the moments of Jesus Christ being tortured (see above video) – pedestrians were in awe of this annual event that usually fills the streets with quite a spectacle.
The event is organized by more than 90 churches and is sponsored by dozens of companies and groups, including the Christian Herald, CTS TV, the Salvation Army, IBK Capital Group and many others.
“The event brings thousands of people from different Christian denomination, charities and organizations,” said organizers in a news release. “Festival of Praise International was established as a non-profit community network, cooperating with churches and organizations to spread the Word of God through music, dance, theatre and the visual arts and to develop programs to meet spiritual and social needs.”
According to the organization, there have been quite a number of testimonials that the parade has transformed people’s lives. One man was sitting in a coffee shop when he heard the noise of the parade and when he saw the enthusiasm of the participants it changed his life – he’s now a Pastor.
As noted, traffic ensued due to some streets being blocked off momentarily. On Charles Street, there was a long line of cars stretching from Avenue Road to Bay Street. One man became enraged and yelled at one Toronto International Film Festival organizer, “Why the hell do they have to block off the street like this without warning?”
Digital Journal reported on the 2010 Jesus in the City festivities.
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