Toronto residents are cheering on Canadian Olympic athletes on Sunday morning as a procession rolls through part of the east end.

Johanna Carlo, an organizer, said the procession gives local residents a chance to celebrate Team Canada athletes for their dedication and performance at the Rio Games.

“It’s a total grassroots thing,” Carlo said Sunday. “We have a lot of history in the east end of nurturing talent.”

Residents are wearing red and white, waving Canadian flags and holding up homemade signs in tribute to the athletes.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne greeted the athletes in a private location before the procession got underway.

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Toronto families gathered along a procession route on Sunday morning to honour Canada’s athletes. (Sarah Bridge/CBC)

Organizers of the procession include the Danforth East Community Association, the Beach Village BIA board, Toronto councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, Toronto MPP Arthur Potts and Toronto MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith.

All Canadian Olympic athletes were invited to join the procession. Former Olympians are also taking part.

Oleksiak, 16, a student at Monarch Park Collegiate, won four medals at Rio.

The procession left East Lynn Park, is proceeding along at Danforth Avenue to Woodbine Avenue, and is travelling south on Woodbine Avenue to Queen Street East, along Queen Street. It will end at Kew Gardens Park.

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Toronto residents gathered on sidewalks to show their support of Canada’s Olympic athletes. (Ramna Shahzad/CBC )

Sgt. Marc Herman, of Toronto Police Service’s 55 Division, said no roads are being closed for the procession but it is being escorted by police.

At Kew Gardens, there will be a formal presentation with music from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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