03/02/2011

Time to plan for royal wedding street party

As the UK gears up for a slew of royal wedding street parties there’s no reason to feel left out. If that water-logged nation can pull off an outdoor do, there is no reason to think Torontonians can’t.

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Revelers sit out to watch the wedding procession of Charles and Diana on July 29, 1981. (Toronto Star file photo)
 

While Torontonians may not have the motivation of their County Council writing to encourage them to hold a royal street party, like in Northamptonshire, or the 1,025 pounds ($1,625) in fees being waived for those who want to stage an event, like in Kent, there's sure to be a rush of monarchists who want to celebrate on the streets after being glued to the event from 6 a.m. on their TVs. 

So, how do you plan the ultimate royal wedding street party?

Well, first you need to convince the city you should be allowed to close your street for the big day by applying to city council for a temporary street closure permit. If the city likes the look of your noble wedding cake; red, white and blue streamers and Elgar hit list be prepared to hand over some cash. You’ll be expected to pay:

  • $71 plus tax for the permit
  • Police officers and security (if over blue-blooded revelers are expected at your event)
  • The loss of revenue from parking meters
  • Private garbage collection
  • Insurance
  • Any other additional costs to the city (and don’t think they’ll be fobbed off by a commemorative wedding mug.)

You need to apply eight weeks in advance for your street party to be approved. A representative from the Toronto city council permits department said no one had yet applied for a permit for a royal wedding street party, so time is short.

Once your permit is in the mail it’s all about street party décor. While you may have trouble tracking William and Kate face masks or glittery royal couple party hats -- red, white and blue tableclothes topped off with  tinfoil crowns, a few marauding union jacks and Canadian flags with HRH emblazoned on them always make for a festive monarchist occasion. Dress up your chihuahua as a dragon and hire a friend to walk around in St. George-esque attire with an oversized steak knife. Why not go all out and  pepper passersby with some wedding rice. You had to hire security for your street permit anyway so you may as well get them to protect you.

Onto the food… While those actually invited to the royal wedding will probably be dining on luxury canapés that doesn’t mean you have to fork out a fortune on smoked salmon or replace it with dodgy fish paste sandwiches.

With Prince Williams’s childhood chef hinting that the official wedding dinner could include traditional British fare, it could be the perfect time to stock up on Hobnobs and Penguin Bars.

And there’s always the flake.

If this all seems like a little too much effort for a wedding 5,700 km away, there will be a royal wedding breakfast hosted at On the Park Conference Centre where for $25 you can watch the wedding live on a big screen TV while you munch on your eggs and soldiers, but you still have to get up in time for the 6 a.m. wedding.

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