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Premier Wynne and Education Minister Mitzie Hunter to cut the ribbon at the Junior Carnival Parade tomorrow morning 10.45 AM. Parade starts at 11.00 AM. Map attached


Media Alert: 2,000 children in mas costumes will be jumping up in Malvern on Saturday, July 16 at 10.45 AM followed by a family day festival and Junior Chef competition in the Park


The Toronto Caribbean Carnival Junior Parade begins at 10.45 a.m. with over 2,000 junior masqueraders parading to Soca and Calypso Music through the streets of Malvern. There will be Caribbean Food, a Family Day Festival, a Junior Chef competition and more!


Toronto, ON - The media are invited to join local politicians, civic leaders, and Festival CEO Denise Herrera-Jackson and CAO Chris Alexander to the kick-off ribbon cutting ceremony for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s Junior Carnival Parade at 10.45 a.m. on Saturday, July 16th. The ribbon cutting will take place south of the intersection of McLevin Ave and Neilson Road.  Premier Kathleen Wynne, Education Minister Mitzie Blair and city politicians will cut the ribbon and start off the parade.


The brief launch ceremony will be followed by a 1.1 km long colourful parade of over 2,000 children in Mas costumes.  At the end of the 3-hour event, there will be a Family Day party - "Las Lap in De Park" at Neilson Park including a Junior Chef competition.


What:  The Junior Carnival Parade involves children, from 7 months to 16 years old, in Mas costumes from 9 Mas camps. The parade and party is the first large event of the 3-week summer festival.  The children will assemble at the Malvern Community Centre, parade west on McLevin to Neilson Road and then North on Neilson Road to the Neilson Park.


What is Junior Chef Competition – at 3.30 pm in Neilson Park on stage, final round of the completion.  Three contestants will use their own Caribbean grilling recipes for presentation on stage, July 16th (3.30 pm) at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s Junior Carnival. The judges  will be led by celebrity chef Latoya Fagon. Food and sponsorship supplied by Grace Foods.

The winning chef receives a $500 cash prize. Second place receives $250 and third place gets $150.


Why:   The annual parade introduces children to the traditions of Carnival. 2,000 children are expected to take part. The junior Mas players, grouped into 9 different Mas camps, will be judged by a panel of professional judges.


When: Saturday July 16, 2016 Ribbon cutting at 10:45 a.m. Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 2:00 p.m.  After the parade is a Family Day Party with junior Calypso Singers, Junior Steel Pan Orchestras and Caribbean Food in Neilson Park. The results of the parade will be announced at the party, which ends at 8:00 p.m.


Where: McLevin/Sewells Road/Neilson Road the Malvern and Neilson Parks. Map attached with details about the parade.


All media are welcome to cover the event. Arrive early to avoid road closures. THE PARADE WILL TAKE PLACE RAIN OR SHINE. The public is encouraged to attend this FREE event.



Junior Parade FAQ & Parade Route


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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