Caribbean culture takes centre stage at Toronto Caribbean Carnival


    Caribbean culture is on full show at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, which is now in full swing.

    “That is what will get you going, that is what will get the adrenaline flowing,” chief government officer of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival Denise Herrera-Jackson instructed CBC Toronto.

    Previously and nonetheless generally known as Caribana — the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is a pageant of Caribbean culture and is held every summer season within the metropolis.

    Greater than one million vacationers are anticipated in Toronto this lengthy weekend to expertise the carnival.

    Herrera-Jackson mentioned there may be much more to the pageant than road dancing and masquerading.

    “What I believe folks by no means discuss is what goes into making these costumes, and it’s the creativity of the thoughts and the execution by completely different individuals who actually and really make it occur,” she mentioned.

    “You could have generations of households which might be concerned in Mas bands and in metal pan, so you may have household dedication, after which you may have household pals and neighborhood.”

    Since its inception in 1967, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival has grown to be the crown jewel of the town’s summer season festivals. (Adrian Cheung/CBC)

    ​The Caribbean Carnival weekend kicked off on Thursday and runs by way of Monday.

    Saturday’s parade, which acquired underway at 8:30 a.m., is anticipated to conclude at 6 p.m.

    Highway closures

    A number of roads in Toronto are closed this weekend for occasions. (CBC)

    Whereas the pageant will deliver its vibrant colors and enjoyable to the streets, commuters must also anticipate street closures and heavy visitors congestion.  

    Highway closures inside Exhibition Place grounds and Lake Shore Boulevard West started Saturday at 2 a.m. and can run till Sunday at roughly 6 a.m. The street closures embody: 

    • Westbound Lake Shore Boulevard West might be closed to visitors from Bathurst Avenue to Parkside Drive 
    • Eastbound Lake Shore Boulevard West might be closed from Colborne Lodge to Bathurst Avenue 
    • Dufferin Avenue south of Springhurst Avenue
    • Strachan Avenue south of Liberty Avenue
    • Automobile entry west of Bathurst Avenue on Fleet Avenue could also be closed after the parking zone at Exhibition Place and the Gore Heaps are full. This closure might be decided by want. 

    Restricted entry factors

    With a view to help within the protected motion of visitors and to make sure as little disruption as doable, the next streets could have restricted entry for automobiles: 

    • Dufferin Avenue south of King Avenue West 
    • Dowling Avenue south of King Avenue West
    • Stadium Highway south of Lake Shore Boulevard west 
    • Queens Quay West west of Bathurst Avenue 
    • Springhurst Avenue west of Jameson Avenue 
    • Springhurst Avenue east of Jameson Avenue 

    Police have additionally suggested that different streets, though not restricted to automobiles, might be strictly enforced for parking infractions. These streets are bounded by King Avenue West, east of Colborne Lodge and west of Bathurst Avenue.



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