The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival/Junior Carnival Parade will take place at a new location this year.
Instead of being in the Jane St.— Driftwood Ave — Yorkgate Mall area of Toronto where it has been held for many years, the parade will be held at Downsview Park on July 21.
The new route is in anticipation of a larger number of participants and spectators. The announcement was made recently by the Festival Management Committee (FMC), the organisers of the carnival, at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) at a media launch.
Hundreds of children in costumes will play mas, starting at Canuck Avenue travelling east, turning north on John Drury Drive to Robert Woodhead Crescent, then south over to the Sheppard bridge back to Canuck Ave.
The carnival is a three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine and revelry, as well as visual and performing arts which opens with a church service on July 15 at Revival Time Tabernacle and closes with another at St. James Cathedral on August 12.
The Junior Carnival will be launched on July 9 at Downsview Park, the official Caribbean Carnival launch will be on July 17, the Canadian Rugby League on July 21, FMC barbecue on July 25, Scotiabank 5th Annual Gala Awards Dinner on July 27, Carnival Art Exhibition and Calypso Monarch Finals on July 28, and the Calypso All Stars Official Showcase on July 31.
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) official launch will take place at Pearson International Airport, Terminal 3 on July 31, the King and Queen show on August 2, Pan Alive on August 3, the Grand Parade on August 4, Beyond De Lime - Fish Fry on August 4, and the Beyond De Lime - Tropical Food Festival on August 5. Now in its 45th year, the canival has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America.