Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

April 23, 2015 17:21 ET

Thank You Canada: Dutch Liberation Parade and Festival

"Canada and the Netherlands: Two Countries - One Spirit 1945-2015"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 23, 2015) - During the month of May we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War and thank the Canadian Armed Forces for their contribution to the freedom of the Dutch people. Because of Canada's invaluable role in the liberation of the Netherlands, a close friendship between the two countries remains seventy years later. To show our appreciation and to honour the veterans who served during the Second World War, the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, together with Dutch-Canadian community organizations, presents the 'Thank You Canada' Dutch Liberation Festival on Saturday May 2nd at City Hall on Nathan Phillips Square and a Military Parade that will make its way through downtown Toronto.

At 12pm our parade with over 250 participants including veterans, war brides, military bands and authentic WWII military vehicles will depart from Moss Park Armoury (130 Queen Street East) and will ride north on Jarvis Street, then west on Carlton Street, turn south on Yonge Street, then west on Queen Street East to Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall. Do you want to see an authentic Sherman tank ride past Dundas Square? Come and watch the parade!

At 2:00 pm, Opening Ceremonies will kick off the festivities at Nathan Phillips Square with a few words by the Consul-General of the Netherlands and the Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The Dutch flag will be raised and the Dutch and Canadian National Anthems will be played. Several bands will provide musical entertainment on the main stage, such as the Toronto All Star Big Band, the Weston Silver Band and the déVah Quartet. In the Veterans' Hospitality area you can meet and thank a veteran. You can purchase Dutch goods at the Dutch market, play old-fashioned Dutch games at the Kids' Zone... and much more! We also have a beer garden with a terrace so you can enjoy the festival while having a brew. The festival will end 6:00 pm.

Come celebrate with the Dutch and don't forget to wear a touch of orange!

What: 'Thank You Canada' Dutch Liberation Festival
When: Saturday May 2, 2015
Where: Starts at Moss Park Armoury - North on Jarvis, West on Carlton, South on Yonge, west on Queen, ending at City Hall
Time: 12:00-2:00 PM
What: 'Thank You Canada' Dutch Liberation Festival
When: Saturday May 2, 2015
Where: City Hall, 100 Queen Street West, Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto
Time: 12:00-6:00 PM

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