Massive dance party at Toronto's Cherry Beach infuriates locals

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Sweltering weather, the summer solstice, and what I'm certain is a strong sense of stir-craziness among Toronto's party set enticed hundreds, if not thousands of people to hit one of the city's low-key best beaches on Saturday for what turned into a raging jam.

Images coming out of Cherry Beach on Saturday, June 20, shocked many social media users due to the sheer volume of bodies seen gathered along the sand: more than you'd usually see on a Saturday afternoon at the shady beach, and way more than what the province legally permits at this time.

Yes, we're allowed to enjoy gatherings of up to 10 people now, but emergency orders still dictate that we must stay at least six feet away from those we don't live with (unless they're one of the chosen 10 in our own social circles.)

The vast majority of those who flocked to Cherry Beach yesterday appeared to be in violation of these rules, as there literally wasn't enough room between groups of people to physically distance.

Located on Toronto's outer harbour at the foot of Cherry Street, Cherry Beach has played host to many a late-night dance party in the past, most notably an ongoing summer series called Promise Cherry Beach.

The organizers of the Promise parties do not appear to have been involved in Saturday's gathering, choosing instead to promote its ongoing series of live-streamed DJ events via Facebook.

While no official event was on the books for Saturday at Cherry, several posts can be found on Facebook in which people encourage their friends to attend the location for birthdays, Pride or summer solstice celebrations.