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TORONTO – As part of the 2012 Celebration of Excellence, members of the 2012 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams were in Toronto Friday morning for a massive Heroes Parade, culminating in an exciting public celebration in Maple Leaf Square.

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A banner displays the celebration area of the Olympic Heroes Parade at Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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Five-time Olympic medallist Clara Hughes waves to thousands of Olympic fans at the Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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2012 Olympic Diving medallists Émilie Heymans (left) and Jennifer Abel (right) are greeted by fans at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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2012 Olympian Jessica Zelinka is greeted by fans at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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Boxer Mary Spencer interacts with Canadian Olympic fans at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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(Left to right) Kaylyn Kyle, Erin McLeod and Britanny Timko from the 2012 Olympic bronze medal soccer team wave the Maple Leaf at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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2012 Canadian Olympic Team opening ceremony flag bearer Simon Whitfield is surrounded by fans at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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Rowers from the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team pose for photos at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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Young fans line the parade route at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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Members of the 2012 Canadian Olympic Team are interviewed on the red carpet at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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2012 Olympic Trampoline gold medallist Rosie MacLennan signs autographs for young fans at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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2012 Olympic Judo bronze medallist Antoine Valois-Fortier signs autographs for fans at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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Olympic medallists Clara Hughes and Adam van Koeverden pose for photos on the red carpet at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Jenna Muirhead

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The Olympic Heroes Parade is shown from a Toronto rooftop September 21, 2012 in downtown Toronto.
COC photo by Winston Chow

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The Olympic Heroes Parade is shown from a Toronto rooftop September 21, 2012 in downtown Toronto.
COC photo by Winston Chow

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Paralympic Swimming champion Benoit Huot (left) and Olympic Diving medallist Alexandre Despatie (right) are shown in the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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A young fan is seen riding a small VIA train the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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Boxers Custio Clayton (left) and Mary Spencer (right) are shown in the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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Swimmers from the 2012 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams ride in a float in the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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2012 Beach Volleyball Olympians Marie-Andrée Lessard (centre) and Martin Reader (right) ride in a float in the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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Two-time Olympic Triathlon medallist Simon Whitfield is interviewed, while teammate Paula Findlay waves the Maple Leaf in the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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Fans line the parade route at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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2012 Paralympic gold medallist Robbi Weldon rides in a Chevy convertible in the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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(Left to right) 2012 Olympic wrestlers Tonya Verbeek, Carol Huynh and Martine Dugrenier ride in a Chevy pick-up truck in the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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2012 Olympic wrestler David Trembley (foreground) and fencer Étienne Lalonde Turbide greet fans at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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Young fans crowd the stage, while hosts Alexandre Bilodeau (left) and Cabbie Richards (right) introduce the next float at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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London 2012 Olympic torch bearers ride a double-decker bus in the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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A marching band leads the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade into Maple Leaf Square in Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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2012 Canadian Swimming Olympian Martha McCabe signs autographs at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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2012 Olympic Swimming bronze medallist Brent Hayden greets fans at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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2012 Olympic Canoe medallist Mark Oldershaw arrives at the celebration in Maple Leaf Square at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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2012 Olympic Kayak medallist Mark de Jonge signs autographs for fans at the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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2012 Canadian Olympic Team Chef de Mission Mark Tewksbury and Assistant Chef de Mission Sylvie Bernier are shown in the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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A London cab, sponsored by RBC, travels through the Canadian Olympic Heroes Parade in downtown Toronto, September 21, 2012.
COC photo by Joe Barnett

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