Beaches Easter Parade


Notice #24-019

Date: March 19, 2024
Subject: Beaches Easter Day Parade – Sunday, March 31st, 2024 @ 2:00 pm
To: All Members

Local 3888 Members

Beaches Easter Day Parade – Sunday, March 31st, 2024 @ 2:00 pm

The following was copied from the Beaches Easter Day Parade website and can be found here.

“A Bit of History

Every spring the annual Beaches Lions Club Easter Parade brings Queen Street to life with colour, music, fun, and entertainment. The parade was first started in 1967 by the East Toronto Community Association to mark Canada’s Centennial year. In 1973, the Toronto Beaches Lions Club started to take an active role in the organization and supervision of the parade. By 1981, the Lions became the official organizer of the parade.

When the parade first began, the route was along the boardwalk. Then in 1974, due to its increasing popularity, the parade was moved to Queen Street. Today, over 50,000 people from around the world enjoy the parade. According to Andre Buhot, Beaches Lions Club Secretary and Past President, the Easter Parade is the largest and longest-running Easter Parade in the world.

You know you’re a true Beacher if you remember seeing elephants marching in the parade. The Beaches Easter Parade is the go-to traditional event for many Torontonians.”

Local 3888 past and present members, the 2024 Beaches Easter Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 31st at 2:00 pm.

The parade will step off at 2:00 pm sharp, led by The Toronto Fire Services (TFS) War Vet’s Colour Guard and TFS Pipe and Drums Band, followed by the TFS Historical Society Antiques and Support 7.

Everyone Loves a Parade!

All are welcome!

Bring your family and pets to join in this annual historical parade down Queen St East between Victoria Park and Woodbine Ave. Meet and celebrate with other local 3888 members in the Beaches for a short 2km casual walk.

Cadbury has donated some Easter chocolates for us to hand out to the children that will be lining the parade route.

HologramZ has donated “eclipse glasses” to be handed out to parade spectators. These eclipse glasses will allow the public to watch the solar eclipse safely on April 8, 2024.

Full Dress Uniform is preferred, issued fatigue pants and shirts are also acceptable.

A shuttle will run from the Fire Academy’s Parking Lot (895 Eastern Ave) from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to the marshaling area near Queen St. E. and Beech Avenue. There will be NO parking at Station 227, however, the shuttle will stop at Station 227 for those that require a ride to the form-up area. The Parade commences at 2:00 pm sharp with a form-up at 1:45 pm.

Shuttles will also be operating from the end of the parade (Woodbine and Queen) to the Toronto Fire Academy right after the parade.

Although not a written policy, the TTC will allow uniformed personnel to ride for free.

In solidarity,

Gerlando Peritore
Chair Ceremonial & Bereavement
Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association
I.A.F.F. Local 3888