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Breaking News: Great Sight Lines This Year As Most 10ft Fences Are Made A Thing Of The past.
The July 30th Grand Parade.
For spectators the Saturday July 30th Toronto Caribbean Carnival just got user friendly! “The fences along Lakeshore Blvd are coming down, way down,” says CAO Chris Alexander. “ For years the fences that line our parade route have been 10ft tall. And for most of the 3.5 km route we doubled the fences.”
The extreme fencing has always been to keep spectators off the parade route and to protect the 16,000 masqueraders taking part in the annual parade. The fencing has been a source of annoyance for many spectators because they block everyone’s view of the parade. Often times the fences are knocked down by the crowd.”
“Times are changing, and we think our audience understands the parade and will respect the integrity of the spectacle,” continued Mr. Alexander. “We are replacing most the big fences with 4 ft tall barriers. People will be able to see the mas bands and photographers will have a great sight lines. We will have parade marshals and security teams respectfully asking visitors to stay off the parade route.”
The Parade is expecting, weather permitting, the largest audience of the century. A depressed Canadian dollar coupled with an increased worldwide interest in Carnival have organizers expecting over half a million out-of-town visitors coming to the Parade.
The parade starts off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9.45 a.m in front of the BMO Stadium on Princess Drive inside Exhibition Place. The parade route is the same as last year’s route. Bands will dance their way east along Princes and turn down to Lakeshore Blvd at Newfoundland Drive. The bands head west along Lakeshore Blvd to British Columbia Drive where they will reenter Exhibition Place and disperse.
The first band in the Parade – NBA great Jamaal Magloire’s Toronto Revellers will begin the parade at 10.30. The last band is expected to be off the parade route at 6pm. There are 12 competing bands (four more than last year), 10 guest bands and several steel pan orchestras taking part in the parade.
There is an entrance free to see the parade inside the Exhibition Place. There are bleacher seats and cabanas for ticket holders. As always there is no charge to see the parade along the south side of Lakeshore Blvd.
“We will have bars, food vendors and more, in both Exhibition Place and the free area, by Ontario Place’s parking lot.”
The Grand Parade continues to attract local, regional, national, and international attention by visitors and media, as it is the highlight of the three-week Festival. After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes wind their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along a Lake Shore Boulevard.
The costumes worn by the participants in the Grand Parade portray different themes and stories, which originate from the imagination of talented designers. These designers translate their creativity into wearable costumes that are portrayed on the parade route – themes like Out of Africa; Festivals of Nations; Islands in D Sun.
About Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as visual and performing arts. It is a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto region will come alive with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Salsa, Zouk, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands celebrating the Carnival of the Americas. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America's largest outdoor festival.
Corporate sponsors / partners of this year's festival include: OLG, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, the Federal Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, Grace Kennedy Foods, the Ontario Science Centre, Exhibition Place, Malvern Town Centre, and Porter Airlines.
For more information about the programmes and events, please visit the festival's official website at www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The Festival Office is located at 19 Waterman Avenue, Toronto.
Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608;
For media inquires:
Stephen Weir Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist
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