2019 Toronto Caribbean Carnival
Canada’s Celebration of Freedom and Diversity and Toronto’s Festival of Joy
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is a joyous experience of Caribbean arts and culture over four weeks. It’s an all-out spectacle of visual and performing arts.
July 3rd – Junior Carnival Media Launch
July 9th – Official Toronto Caribbean Carnival launch
July 14th – Junior King & Queen Showcase
July 21st – Junior Carnival Parade & Family Day Event
July 26th – Beyond the Mas – Caribbean Style Masquerade Party
July 28th – Calypso Extravaganza Show
August 1st – King & Queen Showcase
August 2nd – Pan Alive
August 3rd, 2019 – Grand Parade
About the Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival, formerly known as “Caribana,” was established in 1967 as part of Canada’s Centennial Celebrations by Caribbean immigrants as a cultural gift to Canada and a celebration of freedom and diversity. Produced by the Festival Management Committee and key stakeholders from the Caribbean arts and culture community, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is the most significant cultural festival of its kind in North America and recognized as a major international cultural event.
The Caribbean Canadian community that inspires and gives life to the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival is comprised of Canadians with heritage taken from Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Haiti, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad, and the other countries of the Caribbean. Over the past 50 years, the Caribbean Canadian community has become integrated with Toronto’s African, Indian, Chinese, Filipino, Middle Eastern, European and the many other ethnic communities of Canadian society.
The Greater Toronto Area will come alive with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Salsa, Zouk, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. Carnival events will showcase originality, culture, and history to millions of spectators attending the Grand Parade in downtown Toronto or watching on television and online.
Taking place from July 9 to August 4, 2019, this year marks the 52nd anniversary of the carnival in Toronto and will feature more floats, music, celebrities and fun than ever before. The Carnival’s Grand Parade is the largest street performance parade of its kind in North America with thousands of costumed performers. We invite all Canadians and international visitors to experience the “Festival of Joy” from “playing mas” in the Grand Parade to attending the many shows featuring singers, pannists, calypsonians, dancers and performers.