Pumpkin Parade

Pumpkin Parade 2021 UPDATE

The Pumpkin Parade is ON! In late-breaking news, Councillor Gord Perks has informed us he has taken out the permit for the parade. The city is asking for those who come to the parade to share in the community spirit and to also take a moment to help put their pumpkin in one of the bins provided at the park at the end of the night. If not tonight November 1, then first thing in the morning. Volunteers from Friends of Sorauren Park will also assist.

2020 COVID update: The live park version of the Pumpkin Parade is cancelled this year for public health reasons. Instead, please join our Virtual Pumpkin Parade! Post your jack-o-lantern creation on social media and tag @SoraurenPark, #pumpkinparade2020 and #pumpkinparadeTO. The Friends of Sorauren Park will repost to create the world’s greatest online gallery of pumpkin art.

[The following applies to a normal year… better days ahead!] Every November 1, the day after Halloween, the world-famous Pumpkin Parade takes place at Sorauren Park. With more than 1,500 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 6 pm, 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? (Ten days after a national election!)

Place your pumpkins along the inside edge of the path around the park. Please light your pumpkins with wax candles and not battery-powered lights or tin-bottomed tea lights that contaminate the eventual compost. Your candle-lit pumpkins make the parade come alive.

This year the city is asking parade-goers to place their pumpkins in the provided bins at 9 pm, or bring them home. Volunteers are also encouraged to join the clean-up.

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.

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

To see a video featuring Colleen Kennedy, founder of the Sorauren Pumpkin Parade, click here (thanks to Roncesvalles-Macdonell Residents’ Association). Park People and the City have also produced a video, shot mostly at Sorauren Park, about the enduring appeal of pumpkin parades. Put “sorauren park pumpkin parade” into your favourite search engine to find more great photos of parades past.

Photo of a long line of jack-o-lanterns lighting up Sorauren Avenue Park


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  2. Frank

    I read in the newspaper today that the city will not be picking up the pumpkins this year. Does this mean the parade will be cancelled?

  3. jeff

    This is a great event, I have gone a number of years in a row and last year decided to go to another park doing something similar but the one at Sorauren is way more impressive.

    Looking forward to it!

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  17. Teresa

    Thanks for the great idea! We are in our 2nd year and having a great time.
    We will be at the East York Civic Centre on Sun., 7-9 pm, with our own pumpkins
    celebrating the night with you.

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