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The 2016 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Launch


The Mayor, Jamaican Canadian Granville Anderson,

100 masqueraders in costume will kick-off the 3-week Toronto Caribbean Carnival at Nathan Phillips Square – Noon, Tuesday July 5th.

BIG BIG Parade News – fences are coming down!


The media are invited to join MPP Granville Anderson, His Worship Mayor John Tory and Federal MP Gary Anandasangaree (Liberal Rouge River) for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival launch Tuesday, July 5th.  Learn about big changes to the running of the Grand Parade – the Festival moves away from most 10ft barrier fences along the parade route. See and photograph 100 masqueraders in full parade costume.  New programmes have been added to the 48th annual running of the three-week festival.


The downtown noon hour event is the official start of the three-week Festival. City of Toronto is expecting a record number of people traveling to Toronto for the Carnival’s Grand Parade and other events. Organizers are expected to draw over a million people. This year the parade will be far more viewing friendly with the removal of barrier fences along most of the route – Chris Alexander, festival CAO will give out the details at the noon-hour launch. Six more mas bands will be on the parade route this year – meaning that there are 16,000 masqueraders from15 different bands registered to play Mas along the parade route.  At the launch Tuesday over 100 masqueraders in costume will be on stage and in the square to pose for pictures and talk about playing mas. This is a free event and the public is welcome.


The 2016 Toronto Caribbean Carnival Launch

Nathan Phillips Square



1. His Worship John Tory, Mayor of Toronto

2. MPP Granville Anderson

3. MP Gary Anadasangaree (Rouge River)

4. Dr. Maurice Bitran – Ontario Science Centre

5. Chris Alexander – CAO Toronto Caribbean Carnival

6. 15 masquerade bands – 100 in costume on stage and in square

7. Thousands of spectators and fans



Tuesday July 5th

noon outdoors rain or shine

  Parade of costumes on stage and entertainment 12.30 – 2 pm


City Hall – Queen Street

Nathan Phillips Square


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 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: OLG, Toronto Star, CTV, CP24, 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 programs and events, please visit the Festival's official website The Festival Office is located at 19 Waterman Avenue, Toronto.


For media enquiries only:


Stephen Weir

Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Publicist

 (416) 489-5868

(416) 801-3101

[email protected]

Twitter: sweirsweir