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Night of Dread Parade (Toronto)

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Hand them your fears!

For 2017: on Satuday October 26 at 4 p.m.

During the Night of Dread, you are not watching the parade. You are part of the parade! I did not realize that they would close one lane of Bloor Street to make way for this parade. We walked in the neighbourhood for an hour at the sound of drums, before returning to Dufferin Park where we sat and booed at some giant puppets representing major “fears” (the Clay and Paper Theatre is behind this event). Later on, after some live music in another part of the park, dozens of signs bearing the name of things to be dreaded, some serious, some hilarious, were handed to a witch-like woman who threw them into the flames for us as we cheered. Good symbolic fun.

This event is more suitable for young children than the Toronto Zombie Walk (which, for 2013, leaves Nathan Phillips Square at 3 p.m. on the same day, Saturday October 26). The Zombie Walk is fantastic for teens (and any fan of Walking Dead).

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