Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Two Traditions-Easter in Toronto

Two Traditions

 Lauren Rock and Rob Shook

Toronto, Ontario celebrates Easter on a grander scale than most cities. We were there to photograph two of its annual parades - the Good Friday Procession, and the Easter Parade.

The Good Friday Procession celebrated its 50th year in 2012. About 500 people take part in the walk through Toronto’s Little Italy, some of whom have been participating for decades. Guiseppe Rauti has been playing the part of Jesus for 48 years. He is now 73, and still completes the 10km procession barefoot and dragging a large cross. The beginning and end are at the St. Francis of Assisi Church.

While the procession is large, Sunday’s parade draws even more people–this year, an estimated 50,000 showed up. Where Friday’s parade is solemn and slow, Sunday’s is fast paced and carefree. The highlights include nearly 100 floats and tens of thousands of sets of bunny ears.

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