Saturday, October 27, 2018

Night of Dread 2018

UPDATE: Organizers are on standby due to weather and will make announcement at 4:30pm to a) proceed, b) shorten parade or c) cancel.  "RAIN UPDATE FOR DREAD 2018: Current alternate plan: shorter parade, definitely burn our fear of the year. The rest of the format will be adjusted. PLEASE COME ON TIME. Thanks for your patience everyone." It's a GO everyone, even with the rain - see you in the park!

Only the living dread the night because the undead walk the night at Dufferin Grove Park. The Clay and Paper Theatre presents the 19th annual Night of Dread on Saturday, October 27, 2018. When the dead get restless in the park across from Dufferin Mall they head out into the streets for a big parade full of marching bands, fire spinners and giant puppets starting at 6pm and which lasts about an hour.

From Clay and Paper Theatre's website: "At this much loved, family-friendly, community event, Torontonians are invited to call on, mock and banish their private and collective fears through parade and pageantry, music and masquerade, dance and a devilishly good party." I can't wait to hear the Fear of the Year 2018.

Visitors and participants start to gather at 4pm and check out their puppet and face masks, assembling near the basketball court and very close to the Cemetery of Fears, just past the shrines in the Valley of Remembrance. They are calling for a secret presentation to be held from 5:30pm to 5:45pm and tapping toes are mentioned.
From 6pm to 7pm "We all parade around the neighbourhood with community, puppets, Night of Dread characters and outstanding musical guests, the Kensington Horns, and powerhouse Brazilian drummers Samba Elegua (Folks will know them from Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington and other live, outdoor events all around the city of Toronto.)
The Fear of the Year is put to the torch - Loss of Democracy

After the parade there is a pageant with New Model Circus Army who play with fire, which I always love, as well as some musical entertainment, Death Dancers and a bonfire. The musical guests are the Wild Man Jazz Band, Kensington Horns, Samba Elegua, Broulala and the secret presentation of course.

See more photos of the fearful evening after the jump.

Parade Route (original)

-North on Gladstone to Bloor
-East on Bloor to Concord
-South on Concord to College
-West on College to Dovercourt
-North on Dovercourt to Dewson
-West on Dewson to Havelock
-North of Havelock and back to Dufferin Grove Park

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