Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Toronto Carnival cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic

A reveller from Harts 2020 in Trinidad. Most Caribbean Carnivals have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

A reveller from Harts 2020 in Trinidad. Most Caribbean Carnivals have been cancelled due to COVID-19.

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is Cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board of Directors of the Festival Management Committee announced on Wednesday that due to the continued developments concerning the spread of COVID-19, the severe public health threat, and global health crisis, the July-August event, formerly known as Caribana has been cancelled.

The Carnival events include the Festival Launch, Junior King and Queen Show, Junior Parade, Adult King and Queen Show, Pan Alive, and Grand Parade.

"In consultation with our stakeholders, which includes the Bandleaders, Ontario Steelpan Association,(OSA) Organization of Calypso Performing Artists, (OCPA) as well as our partners and other related cultural organizations, and taking into consideration the Mass Crowds that attend the Events present a tremendous risk regarding the spread of the virus. It is therefore unanimous that the priority must be the health and safety of our patrons and having weighed all these considerations, there is no choice but to cancel this year’s festival," the organisers said.

The organisers said in the statement that for the past 52 years, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival has delivered an exciting summer festival featuring elaborate costumes, Caribbean music, and food in their Grand Parade.

"This festival is a labour of love, created by our extraordinary talented artistic stakeholders, and supported by participants, and volunteers, who begin preparation for the spectacular King and Queen Show and the Grand Parade six-months in advance of the scheduled events," they said.

"Given the importance and economic value of this festival to the City, the Province, the Federal government, the Tourism Industry, and our community, we will work with our stakeholders and the community to assist the City with the recovery efforts. Should the circumstances change, and permit restrictions lifted by July 1, 2020, we will seek to celebrate together in a non-traditional format the weekend of August 1, 2020."

 

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