Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 10, 2016 13:00 ET

Media Advisory: Royal Regiment of Canada Freedom of the City Parade

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 10, 2016) - Media are invited to witness the military pageantry of The Royal Regiment of Canada parading through the heart of Canada's largest city in an historic affirmation of the Regiment's Freedom of the City Ceremony on Sunday, May 15 at 12:00pm.

In a ceremony known as Freedom of the City, Toronto will confirm its trust in the Canadian Army when Mayor John Tory presents a scroll to The Royal Regiment of Canada allowing it to march through the city with its band playing, its regimental flags flying, and with bayonets on its weapons.

Accompanied by its renowned band and its mascot making her public debut, the Regiment will march into Nathan Phillips Square and after the ceremony will parade through the streets of Toronto to its home at Fort York Armoury.

When: 12:00 pm, Sunday, May 15, 2016
Where: Nathan Phillips Square
100 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON
What: The City of Toronto will re-affirm of The Royal Regiment of Canada's Freedom of the City, allowing them the privilege of marching through the city in the traditional manner of "drums beating, Colours flying, and bayonets fixed."

Background: The Royal Regiment of Canada is an Army Reserve regiment, citizen soldiers who serve their country by putting aside their civilian careers and schooling to train throughout the year for domestic and overseas operations. The Regiment has seen action in the Northwest Rebellion of 1874, both world wars and the Korean War and most recently deployed soldiers to Canada's mission in Afghanistan.

Contact Information

  • Captain (retired) Rick Towey
    (416) 820-8838