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Mitzie Hunter, Laura Albanese, Marco Mendicino, John Tory, Police Chief Saunders and many others will kick-off Saturday’s Grand Parade


he media are invited to join the Honourable Mitzie Hunter, MPP Minister of Education + Minister Responsible for Multiculturalism, Laura Albanese, MPP Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Michael Chan, MPP Minister of International Trade, MP Marco Mendicino, Mayor John Tory Police Chief Saunders, and many others for the 2016 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade launch this Saturday.


The Grand Parade is the highlight of the three-week Festival and is expected to draw over a million people. This year ‘s Parade Route is the same as in 2915. The Parade will travel the width of the Exhibition Place before going west on Lakeshore Blvd.



What:               The 2016 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade ribbon cutting ceremony & start of Grand Parade.

                        Significant lowering of fences along Lakeshore


Who:                12 masquerade bands with 16,000 revellers in costume A million+ spectators and fans


When:              Saturday, July 30th

                         9.45 a.m. – Ribbon cutting ceremony

                        10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Grand Parade


Where:             Exhibition Place (admission fees apply)

                         Lakeshore Blvd. (free)


For more information about the Parade route, viewing areas and events, please visit the Festival’s official website at


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 The Festival Office is located at 19 Waterman Avenue, Toronto. Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608;   Email: [email protected]


Media Contacts


Stephen Weir

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist

Phone 416-489-5868

Cell: 416-801-3101

Email: [email protected]


Craigg Slowly

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist