Category: Pumpkin Parade

Pumpkin Parade returns Nov. 1 to where it all began

Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade returns Nov. 1

Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade returns Nov. 1

Every Nov. 1, the day after Halloween, the world-famous Pumpkin Parade takes place at Sorauren Park. With close to 2,000 pumpkins on display in recent years, the Parade is a neighbourhood and even regional highlight of the season. From witches and cats, to politicians and world events, the artful jack-o-lanterns represent the spirit of Halloween and also the spirit of the times.

Add your pumpkin to the parade. It starts at dusk, with the busiest times after dinner. There is no competition… but will your pumpkin get noticed? And what will be the dominant theme this year? U.S. election? Olympics? Shirtless prime ministers?

Place your lit pumpkins along the inside edge of the path around the park. We are hoping to completely encircle the park this year, and we can do that by not doubling up on both sides of the path. Plus, if we get everyone moving in the same direction around the park (think pleasure skating rink), it should be even more enjoyable.

Walk or take transit to the park. The streets are narrow and busy and there is no parking at the park. The 505 Dundas and 506 College streetcars stop at the top of Sorauren, a three-minute walk from the park. The 504 King stops along Roncesvalles, one block away. The 47 Lansdowne bus stops at Rideau St., also a short walk away. Be safe.

Big thanks to City of Toronto Solid Waste; Parks, Forestry and Recreation; and Ward 14 Councillor Gord Perks and colleagues for their ongoing support.

The Sorauren event was launched by neighbours in 2004 and has sparked similar events across Toronto, Montreal (Parade des Citrouilles) and in New York City. It has been blogged in Copenhagen.

Pumpkin Sale fundraiser Oct. 22

Dozens of pumpkins spread out on the patio at the Sorauren Town Square

UPDATE: Thanks everyone for making the 2016 Pumpkin Sale a record breaker! More than $2,900 was raised to support free programming at the park, including outdoor movies and the natural ice rink, plus capital improvements with Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Special thanks to Chander Chaddah for once again donating all the pumpkins and organizing a great community event.

Pumpkins! Face-painting! Hot chocolate! Apple cider! Community centre campaign keychains! Friends of Sorauren Park t-shirts!

The annual Pumpkin Sale fundraiser for Friends of Sorauren Park takes place Saturday, Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. till noon on the Sorauren Town Square.

Photo of thousands of keys on fence outside future Wabash Community Centre

Widespread and growing support!

Get your pumpkins for Halloween and, of course, the annual Pumpkin Parade at Sorauren Park (the day after Halloween). Pumpkin purchasers will also receive a keychain to add their family’s name to the Unlock the Community Centre campaign to support the development of the Wabash Community Centre beside the park. With a crucial City budget vote coming this winter, it’s vital to add as many keychains to the fence, our visual petition, as possible.

You can also warm up with hot chocolate and apple cider, and have your face painted. We’ll also be selling the spiffy-new Friends of Sorauren Park t-shirts. Be a Friend!

Photo of blue t-shirt with Friends of Sorauren Park logoOnce again the Pumpkin Sale is generously sponsored by Chander Chaddah, Broker, Sutton Group Associates Brokerage. All proceeds go to the non-profit Friends of Sorauren Park to support free programming and capital improvements in park in partnership with Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Thanks Chander!

Pumpkin Sale, Pumpkin Parade, Pumpkin Clean-up

Photo of hundreds of lit jack-o-lantern pumpkins lining the path at Sorauren Avenue Park, Toronto

It’s Halloween at Sorauren Park and that means…

Annual Pumpkin Sale fundraiser for the Wabash Building Society
Saturday, Oct. 24
9 a.m. – noon, Sorauren Fieldhouse

Get your pumpkins and a hot beverage at the annual fundraiser. Past fundraisers have paid for new park benches, Fieldhouse appliances, and 20th anniversary celebration expenses. Sponsored by Chander Chaddah, Sutton Group Associates.

11th Annual Pumpkin Parade
Sunday, Nov. 1, starting at dusk

The world-famous Sorauren Pumpkin Parade returns, just in time for jack-o-lantern artists to reflect on the national election, Blue Jays, and other news from our times… not to mention all things ghoulish.

Place your lit pumpkins along the park’s main pathway. Walk, ride or take TTC… it gets busy!

Sponsored by Councillor Gord Perks and the Wabash Building Society. Produced by you.

New! Pumpkin Parade Clean-up – volunteers needed
Sorauren Park, Monday, Nov. 2, starting at 10 a.m.

Due to the growth of pumpkin parades (oops!), the City now asks communities to provide volunteers to help put expired pumpkins in the compost bins. Bring your wagons and wheelbarrows. Many hands make light work!

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Thank you for a wonderful 20th Anniversary party!

Enjoying the music in the Town Square

Enjoying the music in the Town Square

Thanks to everyone for making the Sorauren Park 20th Anniversary celebration such a big success.

Thanks to our partners and sponsors without whom the event would not have happened.

Thanks to the volunteers who put in long shifts and brought vision, passion, expertise and care.

Thanks to the performers, emcees and VIPs who entertained us and graced us with their presence.

Thanks to our vendors who provided great service. Thanks to our partners at the City of Toronto.

Big thanks to Mother Nature for spectacular late September weather. (Phew!)

But mostly, thanks to you for coming and enjoying the evening.

Watch this space for more event photos. Up next: 11th annual Pumpkin Parade.

Full moon rises over the Town Square, the Paul James Band, and the crowd getting ready for the outdoor movie, the 1995 classic Jumanji

Full moon rises over the Town Square, the Paul James Band, and the crowd getting ready for the outdoor movie, the 1995 classic Jumanji

10th Annual Sorauren Pumpkin Parade on Nov. 1

Photo of hundreds of lit jack-o-lantern pumpkins lining the path at Sorauren Avenue Park, Toronto

The 10th annual Sorauren Park Pumpkin Parade, Toronto’s original, is set for Saturday, Nov. 1 at Sorauren Park, the day after Halloween.

Bring your jack-o-lantern to the park and line it up along the path. Join the hundreds who’ll be out to admire amazing pumpkin art of all kinds on parade. The event kicks off at sundown and goes through the evening.

The parade started in 2004 when a few neighbours brought their jack-o-lanterns to the park and arranged for Parks staff to pick up the pumpkins the following day for composting. Now, upwards of 2,000 lit pumpkins line the path.

The Sorauren event has sparked similar events across Toronto, Montreal (Parade des Citrouilles) and this year in Upper Manhattan. It has been blogged in Copenhagen.

Huge thanks to City staff for support of the parade over the years.

For more photos and videos, search “sorauren pumpkin parade” in your favourite search engine. And here’s a video with parade founder Colleen Kennedy, filmed in 2009, explaining the origin and values of the Pumpkin Parade, courtesy of the Roncesvalles Macdonell Residents’ Association (Quick-Time player required).

Please walk, bike or take transit to the park… it can get busy and the streets are narrow. See you at the park!