Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Toronto Caribbean Carnival Media Launch

This afternoon at the Ontario Science Centre, a media launch was held for the 46th Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

A few highlights that were announced included:
  1. A New Parade Route: The normal staging area will be occupied. As such a new route is being determined. The new route was described to be longer and allow for easier viewing
  2. New to Toronto Carnival: The Junior Parade and Soca Show. The Junior parade will have a revised route and will end with a calypso competition for children
  3. Revenues raised at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival events will be donated to four community charities, which include: 
    • Children's Breakfast Club
    • The Caribbean Children's Foundation
    • Prostate Cancer Canada
    • The Sickle Cell Awareness Group of Ontario
  4.  Scotiabank has extended their sponsorship of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival for 3 more years to 2015
  5. A connection between mas and science was highlighted. With respect to the creation of mas, there is underlying principles of engineering and mathematics that goes into executing the designs. The Ontario Science Centre Award for Innovation in Mas will recognize innovation in costume design. It was nice to hear recognition was given to past recipients of this award
  6.  The Festival Management Committee has provided five scholarships to highschool students that will attend Seneca College next year
  7. Curtis Eustace is Toronto Carniva's new Parade Manager 
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