Caribbean Carnival parade hits Toronto

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Toronto will move to a Caribbean beat on Saturday, Nick Weston reports for Toronto’s Sun.

Hundreds of thousands of revellers and participants are expected for the annual Caribbean Carnival parade which will take over Lake Shore Blvd. W.

“I hope people will have a chance to come down and be part of the fun,” Mayor John Tory said Friday.

The theme of this year’s parade is Carnival of the Americas. It will feature up to 20 guest and cultural bands along with nine masquerade bands.

Admission will be charged at certain areas, near Exhibition Place.

Tory, who will be marching in the parade, urged people to “bring water (and) dress as you choose to dress.”

Here’s what you need to know:

•The parade starts at 9:45 a.m. with participants heading east from British Columbia Dr. through Exhibition Place, south on Newfoundland Rd. and west on Lake Shore Blvd. W. toward Budapest Park.

•The last judging event occurs around 6:30 p.m. and the music will stop at 8 p.m.

•The westbound lanes of Lake Shore Blvd. W. will be closed westbound from Strachan Ave. to Parkside Dr. — 1:30 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

•The eastbound lanes of Lake Shore Blvd. W. will be closed from Colborne Lodge Dr. to Strachan Ave. — 1:30 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.

•The Gardiner Expressway ramps at Jameson and Dunn Aves. and at British Columbia Dr. will be closed from 12:30 a.m. Saturday until crowds disperse after the parade.

•Environment Canada is calling for a high of 25C and a mix of sun and clouds. There is a 40% chance of showers in the afternoon.

For the original report go to http://www.torontosun.com/2015/07/31/caribbean-carnival-parade-hits-toronto

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