Saturday, April 27, 2013

Military Parade down University Avenue

Bear skin hats, kilts and pipers were major parts of the War of 1812 Battle of York Bicentennial celebrations in #Toronto on Saturday, April 27, 2013. After His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh presented new Regimental Colours to the Royal Canadian Regiment, 3rd Battallion, the Canadian military marched away from the Queen's Park legislature building and southwards towards the Historic Old Fort York. You can see photos of Philip on my post here.
A few mounted soldiers were in the parade
Leaving just before lunch the parade included over 1,500 armed forces personnel in a parade that was billed as one of the largest Canadian parades since the second world war. Once at the fort a commemorative ceremony took place at 1:30pm  with participants wearing War of 1812 uniforms. Re-enactors will also include First Nations participants.
Soldiers on patrol before the parade starts
HMCS York band

Army dog in the parade - he is a sergeant

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