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The Grand Parade – Celebrations in the Street
The Grand Parade continues to attract local, regional, national, and international attention by visitors and media as it is the highlight of the three-week Festival. After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes wind their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along a Lake Shore Boulevard. This event continues to draw millions from all over the world to see the live performing street art year after year and on live streaming.
The costumes worn by the participants in the Grand Parade portray different themes and stories which originate from the imagination of talented designers. These designers translate their creativity into wearable costumes that are portrayed on the parade route – themes like Out of Africa; Festivals of Nations; Islands in D Sun.
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, Liberty Grande, Malvern Town Centre, and Porter Airlines.
For more information about the programmes and events, please visit the festival's official website at www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The Festival Office is located at 19 Waterman Avenue, Toronto.
Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Email: [email protected]
For media inquires:
Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist
Email: [email protected]
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