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July 11, 2000
Celebrate Toronto Street Festival Thrills 815,000!
The third annual Celebrate Toronto Street Festival welcomed a record 815,000 people over the
weekend! 350,000 square feet of entertainment - including more than 1000
performers and 400 attractions - kept people celebrating all weekend long.

"It's wonderful to see Torontonians and visitors coming together to celebrate
this great city," says Mayor Mel Lastman, "This event just keeps growing - and
will only get bigger!"

The festival got off to a stellar start on Friday evening as an estimate 75,000
people gathered at Yonge and Eglinton for an electrifying opening ceremonies
that featured Kim Stockwood, J. Gaines and the Soul Attorneys, as well as a
moving tribute to Toronto's Olympic athletes and a spectacular rooftop
fireworks finale.

The action continued Saturday and Sunday at five key intersections along Yonge
Street: Lawrence, Eglinton, St. Clair, Bloor and King. Each site offered its
own mix of programming including music, thrill shows, world dance, midway
rides, giant inflatables, colourful street performers and children's parades,
as well as Olympic sports demos and activities as part of the festival's
celebration of Toronto's 2008 Olympic Bid.

Fans of the Celebrate Toronto Street Festival want to stay tuned for details
for next year's big event, July 6, 7 and 8, 2001!

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