- If you thought last year’s War of 1812 observances were over, think again. Next week Prince Phillip will be here. Toronto will see one of our biggest military parades ever. There will be more people taking part in it than were defending our town in the actual battle of York (Toronto). Thirteen marching bands and 1000 troops will be on display. All events are free.
On Saturday, April 27 from 6am to 4pm, Toronto will be reminded of the invasion that put us under American rule for a little over a week. The Americans withdrew on May 8, 1812 after burning down our Legislative Assembly, the library, and St. James Church. The British blew up our own ships and Fort York. The invaders left because they considered Fort Henry in Kingston to the east the better place to control.
The cultures involved in the American invasion were British, First Nations and American. Look for historical uniforms, military customs, native regalia, and much history that day. The schedule:
6-7:30am. Sunrise Ceremony on the shoreline where the Americans landed. Taking part will be four First Nations, led by the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. Palais Royal, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
3. 10-12:30pm. Walking in their Footsteps, a 5 km. public guided walk from Palais Royale to Fort York. Participants should pre-register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 416-392-6907 x 223. For the itinerary that includes places where the Americans attacked, see: http://www.toronto.ca/1812/events.htm .
4. 10am. Military Parade & Colours Presentation. Legislative Assembly, Queen’s Park. HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh will present new regimental colours.
5. 11:30am-1pm. Grand Parade: Queen’s Park to Fleet St. and Fort York Boulevard. For the parade route, see: http://www.toronto.ca/1812/images/military-parade-large.jpg
6. 1:30-2:30pm. Service of Remembrance. Fort York.
3-4pm. Dedication of new memorial plaque to honour the contribution of First Nations during the Battle of York. Fort York.
7. For final details, location information, and other events, visit www.fortyork.ca/news-a-events/events.html .