08/27/2011 08:19 EDT | Updated 10/27/2011 05:12 EDT

Jack Layton Funeral: Canadians Pay Their Respects With Tears, Messages Of Hope

The crowd that gathered in downtown Toronto for NDP Leader Jack Layton's funeral this Saturday was nothing short of vast. Thousands of Torontonians came to Nathan Phillips Square and Roy Thomson Hall to honour Layton's life and legacy, and to offer their condolences to his family.

The procession started Saturday morning at Toronto's City Hall, where Layton's casket was driven in a hearse escorted by Toronto police on horses, and followed by Olivia Chow, his children Mike and Sarah, and their spouses. Jack's toddler granddaughter, Beatrice, sat in another car with the window rolled down. She waved and smiled at those watching.

The procession went south on Bay Street and ended at Roy Thomson Hall, where music, speeches and tears marked the funeral ceremony and the overflow crowd outside.

Here's a roundup of some of the people who came to celebrate Layton's life and the legacy he leaves behind.