New event – Junior King & Queen Competition
TORONTO, June 27 – There’s plenty of family fun and events for young people planned as part of the 2017Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival. This year, the festival celebrates 50 years of Carnival in Toronto.
On July 22 from 11 am – 8 pm, more than 2000 young participants will take part in the annual Junior Carnival & Family Day. The Junior Carnival Parade starts at 10:45 am with an official opening ceremony at the Mclevin Road Entry to the Malvern Community Centre. The parade will then travel west on McLevin Road, north on Neilson Road to Neilson Park where families are welcome to enjoy a carnival showcase, kids crafts and games, food, live entertainment and the always popular Junior Chef competition. The event is free and all are welcome to join at the parade starting point, along the parade route or at Neilson Park, 1555 Neilson Road, Scarborough.
New this year, there will be a Junior Carnival King & Queen Showcase at Woodbine Centre, 500 Rexdale Blvd. on July 16, 2 pm – 8 pm. Watch children ages 16 and under (even toddlers!) compete to be Junior Carnival King or Queen. Almost 100 participants will showcase spectacular costumes to win the title. This is a free event.
Finally, on August 5, all are welcome to watch the Grand Parade from the Exhibition Grounds. $20 admission provides great viewing, security, and plenty of food and entertainment. Enjoy all the special programming for the 50th-anniversary edition of the Carnival Grande Parade. Street viewing from Lakeshore Boulevard continues to be free.
“Carnival really is an event for everyone. People of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy the many colourful and cultural events planned,” says Denise Herrera-Jackson, CEO of the Festival Management Committee. “The addition of the Junior Carnival King & Queen Showcase is particularly exciting as we provide the next generation with yet another platform to learn about and share the Caribbean culture.”
For more event info and tickets visit torontocaribbeancarnival.com.
About Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine and revelry. It is the largest cultural event in Canada and the largest outdoor festival in North America. Taking place from July 7 to August 7, 2017, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the carnival in Toronto and will feature more floats, music, celebrities and fun than ever before. The theme “Celebrating Our Heritage: From Then to Now” will infuse every aspect of the festival, from the parade route to the shows and all performers including singers, pannists and calypsonians. The city of Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area will come alive with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Salsa, Zouk, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. Carnival events will showcase originality, culture, and history to millions of spectators attending in downtown Toronto or watching on television and online. For more information the official website at www.TorontoCaribbeanCarnival.com
Corporate sponsors/partners of this year’s festival include: Title Sponsor, Peeks Social Ltd. OLG, Toronto Star, CTV, CP24, OneCaribbeanTV, Virgin Radio, 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 Sunrise Restaurants.
For more information about the programs and events, please visit the Festival’s official website atwww.TorontoCaribbeanCarnival.com
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