Toronto celebrates 186 years with family events, protests

Published On March 9, 2020 | By Parmisse Menendez | Life
Toronto sign at Nathan Phillips Square on the city’s 186th anniversary. (Parmisse Menendez)

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Thousands celebrated Toronto’s 186th birthday on March 7 and 8 at Nathan Phillips Square. From Muddy York to Hogtown to the Six, the city that was incorporated on March 6th, 1834, has become known for its unity in diversity.

The square was filled with skating parties, food trucks, a market, interactive and fun-filled activities and a photo contest.

Thousands of Torontonians and tourists. Some of them brought their pets who enjoyed the lovely weater.

Dogs joined the city’s 186th birthday celebrations with their owners. (Parmisse Menendez)

“I find this quite interesting, we are celebrating the anniversary of Toronto and this is a good way to do it without a doubt,” visitor Gabriel Alvarez said.

The visitors at the extravaganza were treated with foods from across the globe that were served by some of the city’s favourite food trucks.

The market in the square offered varied choices from soaps, earrings, plant pots, wool clothing, Canadian delights and handcrafts for shoppers. Some other participants included local retailers, Comic-Con and Canadian forces.

The two-day festivities were a joy for the kids as well. Many children were seen enjoying ice skating and playing games with their parents.

People skating and enjoying the ice rink. (Parmisse Menendez)

However, on the second day, which was also International Women’s Day, a protestor was seen with the sign “I want to be free, not brave, Toronto!” written in Spanish.

Liliana Becerril protesting on International Women’s Day during festivities celebrating Toronto’s 186th anniversary. (Parmisse Menendez)

“We are supporting the movement against the feminine violence because the situation is critical in Mexico and being here is a way to support them,” said protestor Liliana Becerril, wearing purple to symbolize women’s rights.

Another group protesting at the event was holding Guyanese flags along with signs asking for fair elections.

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