Fine tuning Festival’s parade route to make it gap and Stormer free
TORONTO, June 1, 2017 – 2017 Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival parade is expected to attract well over a million people to Toronto’s Exhibition Place and surrounding grounds on August 5th. This year the parade route has been adjusted to give that million+ audience an even better parade experience. The direction of the parade has been reversed and the parade will start much earlier in the day.
The Mas Bands and Guest Bands will start the parade shortly after 8:30 am at the western end of Lakeshore Blvd at British Columbia Drive and proceed east along Lakeshore Blvd towards the city core. At Newfoundland Drive, the parade will turn left and proceed to Princes’ Blvd.
“Movement of the bands along this route will provide for all bands to be moving along the parade route simultaneously instead of waiting for hours in parking lots within the CNE grounds,” explained Gerard Weekes, Parade Operations Manager. “The judging area will be along Princes’ Blvd in three distinct areas which allows bands to perform while flowing along the entire staging area.”
The official ribbon cutting for the parade will take place in the judging area at 11.00am as the first band arrives at Princes’ Blvd. The parade committee is working with the police, security and launching a public education campaign to make sure that route is secure and non-masqueraders (aka stormers) don’t get on the parade route and interfere with the parade’s progress and performances. No high fences will be erected.
This year there will be 11 masquerade bands, guest bands and steel pan orchestras in the parade with an estimated total of 14,000 people in costume. Tickets to watch the parade from inside Exhibition Place are now available online at torontocaribbeancarnival.com and at select retail locations. There is no charge to see the parade from Lakeshore Blvd.
About Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Peeks 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. 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 to celebrate 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 Peeks Social Ltd. OLG, Toronto Star, CTV, CP24, OneCaribbeanTV, Virgin Radio, the Federal Government of Canada, the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, Grace Kennedy Foods, the Ontario Science Centre, Exhibition Place, Liberty Grande, Malvern Town Centre and Sunrise Restaurants.
For more information about the programs and events, please visit the Festival’s official website at www.TorontoCaribbeanCarnival.com.
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