It’s one of the largest of it’s kind in North America, the Toronto & York Region Labour Council’s Labour Day parade.
The event will feature more than 20,000 workers and their families travelling along Queen St. from University Ave., eventually ending at the CNE grounds around 11:00 A.M.
The parade celebrates one of the earliest labour movements in the city dating back to 1871, when the Toronto Trades and Labour Assembly was founded by representatives of Toronto’s emerging economy.
The first version of the Labour day parade was in 1872 started by the Toronto Trades Assembly in support of workers’ rights to organize.
Today’s parade starts at 9:30 A.M.
Toronto police says major roads will be affected by the event and are advising drivers of the following:
– University Avenue, from Richmond Street West to Dundas Street West
– southbound on University Avenue
– westbound on Queen Street West
– southbound on Dufferin Street to CNE grounds
– Dispersal Area, Exhibition Place Grounds
– University Avenue: Richmond Street West to Dundas Street West
– Armoury Street: University Avenue to Chestnut Street
– Centre Avenue: Armoury Street to Dundas Street West
– Queen Street West: Bay Street to Dufferin Street
– Dufferin Street: Queen Street West to CNE Entrance
Expect traffic diversions and delays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
The public is being asked not to park within the parade route after 7 a.m.
On Queen Street, streetcar service will be diverted, starting at 9 a.m.