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[Royale] Toronto Event - Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 - April 27, 2013

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[Royale] Toronto Event - Bicentennial Commemoration of the War of 1812 - April 27, 2013

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Looks like this could be interesting. I went to another commemoration at Queenston Heights last year. Other events happening later in the year.

Free admission on Fort York for the events...


April 27, 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York. Show them you remember by participating in the events that follow.

Sunrise Ceremony
6 to 7:30 a.m. - Palais Royale, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
At 6 a.m. the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will lead four first nations, all descendants of warriors who fought in the Battle of York, in a sunrise ceremony at the Palais Royale patio and fire pit overlooking the shoreline.

Walking in their Footsteps
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Starting Point - Palais Royale, 1601 Lake Shore Blvd. W
Beginning at 10 a.m. close to where the disembarked Americans began their advance, the general public will be led by historical interpreters, stopping at several significant points, arriving at Fort York by 12:30 p.m. Those interested in attending the walk are asked to pre-register by emailing at fortyork@toronto.ca or calling 416-392-6907 x 223.

Presentation of A New Colour to the Royal Canadian Regiment 10 am. - Legislative Assembly, Queen's Park
Military Parade - 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Begins at Legislative Assembly and ends at Fort York
In one of the largest military parades every organized in Toronto, the Canadian Forces will honour all of those who died on our soil at the Battle of York on April 27, 1813 and the 200 years of military presence in Toronto since the war. More than 1,000 sailors and soldiers from the Royal Canadian Navy and the Canadian Army will march from Queen's Park down University Avenue and across Richmond Street, south on Portland Street past the War of 1812 monument and then on to the Fort York Armoury. The parade will include 13 marching bands, and a flourish of colourful ceremonial uniforms and Regimental Colours.

Commemorative Ceremonies
1:30 to 4 p.m. - Fort York National Historic Site

Military Style Service of Remembrance 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
The commemorative ceremony for the Battle of York includes re-enactment regiments of the Crown Forces who took part in the Battle of York, four first nations, a first nations children's choir, 100 modern soldiers/sailors, a military band, the military chaplain, the most senior officers of the military and Federal, Provincial and City politicians.

Memorial Plaques Dedication 3 to 4 p.m.
The ceremony will focus on the dedication of a new plaque to honour First Nations warriors who died, followed by a poetry reading by Stace LaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation. The ceremony will also include a re-dedication of the restored historic plaques honouring General Pike and the site of the Battle of York in the presence of representatives of the National Society United States Daughters of 1812. and the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire.

Other related activities at Fort York that day:

Finding the Fallen and Book of Remembrance - The original book will be on display at Fort York National Historic Site along with battlefield artifacts, custom-designed maps and first-person accounts that bring to life the sacrifices of the combatants.

Story of the Battle of York integrated with Soldiers Trade in Fort York's Centre Block house

First Nations booths and displays highlighting who they are and their role in the Battle of York.

Please note: Due to construction of our new Visitor Centre, Fort York can only be accessed from the entrance at Fleet Street and Garrison Road.
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May 23, 2003
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Reminder that the event is this weekend.

Check the website for more details. I read today that there won't be parking available at Fort York itself on Saturday.
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Oct 6, 2007
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I enjoyed my trip to fort york as a kid
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Dec 24, 2007
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Thanks, OP. I missed the parade, but the programme afterwards was well worth the trip.
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Dec 18, 2007
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I only went to the parade, which was good, albeit a bit short.
I should've gone to Fort York after. Any youtube links would be greatly appreciated! :)
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