The 52nd edition of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is only weeks away.
The country’s largest festival of freedom and diversity has website improvements and transportation and security initiatives, as announced at a press conference Tuesday at the Boulevard Club.
Billed as four glorious weeks of Caribbean music, cuisine and revelry, the carnival — formerly known as Caribana — is a celebration magnet, drawing participants from all over North America, the Caribbean and Europe.
About 1 million people take part every year, including 15,000 masqueraders.
Toronto Caribbean Carnival is best known, of course, for the Grande Parade — this year scheduled for Aug. 3 — along Lake Shore Blvd. and at Exhibition Place. The parade is a spectacle of sight and sound, with throngs of revellers in magnificent costumes and steelpan bands all along the route.
Various Mas Bands — Tribal Carnival, Epic Carnival, Fantasia Carnival and Costume Creators — were represented at the conference by models in ornate costumes. This year, the public can buy some of those costumes and join the band of their choice.
Other guests at the conference included Nadelle Lewis and well known Calypso singer-songwriter Joel Davis, this year’s Face Of The Festival contest winners. The competition asks participants why they want to be the face of the festival and what impact the festival has had on their lives and their community.
This 2019 parade route has been expanded to eight kilometres, and will go west to Colborne Lodge in High Park before circling back to Exhibition Place. Several zones are designated along the route, and each encompasses a unique element for parade day — as well as food and drink and a clear view of the parade.
More places to go, and more things to do.
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