Tens of thousands of people gathered at Queen's Park in downtown Toronto to celebrate Jesus Christ. The crowds danced, cheered and prayed. The event was follwed by a gigantic march through the city's busiest street: Yonge Street.
Some facts about the Christian religion: Christianity was founded in 33 A.D. in Palestine. The religion is the largest in the world with approximately 2 billion Christian followers; 159 million of those are in the United States. The original languages are Aramaic, Greek and Latin. There are seven major holidays
The very first Jesus in the City parade was held on Sept. 11, 1999 in Toronto where those in attendance celebrated 2,000 years of the teachings of Jesus Christ and “recognizing the new millennium.” 11 years later, Jesus in the City parade continues to be a major success in North America.
According to the Festival of Praise organization’s website, the primary purpose is to:
“To mobilize teams of praisers & worshipers to raise up a Godly standard in society. To restore the cultural relevance of music and the arts to the community. To encourage unity, lifting up one voice. To cause people to identify with God’s Word drawing them to receive Jesus.”
On Saturday, tens of thousands of people gathered at Queen’s Park to celebrate Jesus Christ and the Christian faith. Those in attendance prayed, danced and donated their money to the Festival of Praise Organization, which hosts the annual parade.
All ethnicities from Asia to Africa to Latin America to Europe to North America participated in the massive festivities, which included live Gospel music, costumes and floats. Many were even dressed as biblical characters such as Moses and Jesus, while others carried signs stating: “Jesus Saves Toronto” and “Jesus is the King of the City.”
The hosts of the show and the thousands in the crowd also made a prayer to remember the tragic events of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Following the festivities, a huge parade took place from Queen’s Park to Bay Street to Yonge Street and back to Queen’s Park. Thousands walked, others rode on the trucks singing and others handed out information on Jesus Christ.
The parade was held right across the street from Yorkville where people are attempting to catch a glimpse of the latest celebrities in town. The music could be heard several blocks away from Queen’s Park.
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