Friday, December 21, 2012

Fire at the Kensington Winter Solstice

The December 21, 2012 #Toronto #KensingtonMarket Winter Solstice Parade had a special meaning this year - the end of the world wasn't! Darn Mayan calendars. I hear this Y2K thing might be bad as well. A heart made of flames grows from the mouth of performer prior to the starting of the parade. Special shout out to Frank J of the Thomson Photography Group.
For the 23rd year the market overflowed with a colourful assembly gathering at Oxford and Augusta Streets before heading out at 6:30pm to Baldwin, Kensington and Dundas before stopping in Alexandra Park for the spectacular fire sculpture closing ceremony. A giant colourful hand located in the baseball diamond held a sun, or maybe just a large lemon, which was circled by fire jugglers and eventually set alight. Of course the rain was out for the night as well and by the end of the fire the temperature had made a large drop and snow flakes started to fall.
It looks so innocent before the parade makes it way to the park
Flames leapt high in the air as the hand burned fast and furious as the fire jugglers continued to circle the diamond spinning fire as they moved. Sparks flew from the fire as the embers caught in the wind.
This lady was amazing at blowing fire, or fire breathing
Red Pepper Spectacle Arts produces the event with support from the Kensington Market BIA and the Market Action Committee. See more of the magical night after the jump.

Samba band plays the drums

Lighting the burning hand
It doesn't take long before the figure is engulfed in flames

See even more of the event on this post.

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