Over 40 parks across Toronto will glow orange on November 1st as neighbourhoods bid a final farewell to this year's jack-o-lantern collection with a community Pumpkin Parade.
A Toronto tradition since the first Pumpkin Parade was organized in Sorauren Park in 2004, parades are now hosted in parks across the city from Terraview Park in Scarborough to Centennial Park in Etobicoke. The idea has also spread to other cities including Montreal and New York City.
Pumpkin parades are organized by community organizations, Business Improvement Areas (BIA) and City Councillors with a permit from Parks, Forestry & Recreation. The City's Solid Waste Management division provides disposal bins to make clean-up of the neighbourhood's pumpkins after the event quick and easy.
2017 Pumpkin Parades
This map is maintained by Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation - comments, questions and changes can be sent to GMOfficePFR@Toronto.ca.
The City of Toronto and Park People have created promotional materials that you can use to tell your neighbours about your Pumpkin Parade. Download the posters, type in your event information and print, it's that easy! You can also use the images below on social media, in newsletters and on your website.
If you are creating a Facebook event for your parade, don't forget to add Park People and Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation as co-hosts - we'll help you to get the word out!
Book a Pumpkin Parade in your neighbourhood Park
Closed: The City of Toronto is no longer accepting bookings for 2017 Pumpkin Parades.
Bookings for 2018 Pumpkin Parades will be accepted from March to early October, and are available by calling Carol Lord 416-397-9982 or Paula Simms at 416-338-3940.
Pumpkin Parade bookings are free for City Councillors, BIAs, and not-for-profit or community groups. Insurance fees may apply as follows: 0-100 people/pumpkins: $27 and 101-500 people/pumpkins but under 1000 pumpkins: $54.