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There's An Unauthorized Anti-Lockdown Holiday Parade Happening At Yonge & Dundas Right Now

Hundreds of people are in attendance, along with dozens of TPS officers.
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Anti-Lockdown Holiday Parade At Yonge & Dundas Draws Hundreds Of People To Protest

You can find a few Santa Clauses downtown in Toronto right now, but instead of handing out presents, they're attending an anti-lockdown holiday parade.

The parade also has police in attendance, after they tweeted a warning on Friday that people should not go to the unauthorized "Santa-themed" gathering.

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Hundreds of people are currently gathered in Yonge / Dundas Square, along with several Toronto Police officers and Parking Enforcement Officers.

Anti-Lockdown Holiday Parade At Yonge & Dundas Draws Hundreds Of People To Protest

The anti-mask/anti-lockdown protest is "Santa-themed," with some attendees in hats and others in full costume.

Anti-Lockdown Holiday Parade At Yonge & Dundas Draws Hundreds Of People To Protest

The parade was announced back in October and is a spoof of Toronto's Santa Clause Parade, which took place online this year.

Anti-Lockdown Holiday Parade At Yonge & Dundas Draws Hundreds Of People To Protest

It's organized by Chris Sky, a Toronto-based anti-masker who runs MAD, or Mothers Against Distancing, and other anti-lockdown organizations like The Line and Hugs Over Masks.

Anti-Lockdown Holiday Parade At Yonge & Dundas Draws Hundreds Of People To Protest

Police tweeted on Friday night that no permits had been issued for the event, but officers had blocked intersections off and allowed the parade to move northbound from Yonge/Dundas square.

Anti-Lockdown Holiday Parade At Yonge & Dundas Draws Hundreds Of People To Protest

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