Saturday 25 November 2023

Cavalcade of Lights, Toronto, ON

I volunteered this afternoon and evening with the City of Toronto for the opening of Cavalcade of Lights, which goes until January 7. Hard to believe but I've never been to this festival. It was a fun time and I'd volunteer again.

Experience the magic of the holiday season with the much-loved Cavalcade of Lights at Nathan Phillips Square. Inspired by international lantern, fire and light festivals and winter solstice celebrations, Cavalcade of Lights is a free event that transforms City Hall and its surrounds into a dazzling wonderland.

Enjoy the glittering tree, participate in public skating and bask in the glow of thousands of energy-efficient bulbs as they adorn the heart of downtown Toronto. Bring your own skates or rent them on site.

I got there a bit early for my shift so walked around a bit.

I checked in and connected with my team.

Volunteers were given toques
Me and my partner, Joyce
Joyce, Sandra (our team co-captain), me and
Srikranth (our other team co-captain) 

I watched Alana and Leigh Cline play Celtic music for a half hour.

I was a Performance Assistant for Banda do Senhor Santo Cristo of Toronto. Bay Street and Queen Street W around city hall were closed off. The band marched south on Bay Street and then west along Queen Street W and then back playing Christmas songs. They were good!

After my shift was over, I walked around the lights.

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