Toronto Caribbean Carnival

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Event date July/August 2019 (dates to be announced) LocationVarious locations across Toronto Official website Official website

A cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry and visual and performing arts, for over fifty years Carnival has been a centrepiece of the festival season in Toronto.

A young woman is dressed in a large, elaborate and brightly-coloured costume.

THE TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL: BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER

When summer arrives in Toronto, the streets come alive with the sights, sounds and spirit of the Caribbean. And every year it draws carnival fans young and old, near and far to celebrate their heritage, music and, of course, food.

THE YEARLY EVENTS

These are just a few of the dozens of events that take place throughout the three weeks of Carnival culminating in the big parade on August 4, 2018.

OFFICIAL LAUNCH

July 10, 2018: The official launch is a cultural showcase and celebration of the energetic essence of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival and events happening in and around the City of Toronto. The excitement all starts here!

JUNIOR CARNIVAL PARADE AND FAMILY DAY

July 21, 2018: The Junior Carnival and Family Day event is the opportunity to experience the cultural presentation of young performers participating as producers, performers and presenters. Everyone feels the rhythm – even the littlest carnival-goers!

CARNIVAL ANNUAL BALL

July 27, 2018: An elegant evening at the Riviera Events & Convention Centre in Vaughan, brings together festival supporters, businesses, community leaders, artists and influencers to celebrate Caribbean culture. Guests can enjoy cocktails, dinner, dancing with top Steelpan, Calypso and Soca music for an entertaining evening while helping a good cause. The charity for this year’s Carnival Ball is the SickKids Foundation to help advance the study, diagnosis and treatment of Caribbean children with pediatric cancer and severe blood disorders.

KING & QUEEN SHOWCASE

August, 2, 2018: If you’ve never been to a King and Queen Competition, then get ready – the King & Queen Showcase brings elaborate costumes, pulsating music and friendly competition for a night of creativity and innovation. Watch the Kings and Queens in their theme costumes dance to the rhythms of the Mas bands and see which royals win the crown. As one of the most popular Carnival events, the King and Queen Competition regularly sells out, so get your tickets soon to get in on the action.

OSA PANORAMA/PAN ALIVE

August 3, 2018: Treat your ears to the sound of upbeat rhythms from the Caribbean as the Ontario Steelpan Association plays at the Pan Alive Competition. There’s no better way to experience the energetic sounds of the steelpan from the lively heart of Trinidad and Tobago.

GRAND PARADE

August 4, 2018: By far the largest event of The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, the Grand Parade attracts local, regional, national and international spectators and media. Colourful masqueraders will show off their elaborate costumes as they make their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along a 3.5-kilometre stretch on Lake Shore Boulevard. Wrap up the carnival in style!