The city was in a noisy standstill as an estimated one million people flocked to Exhibition Place and participated in the first staging of Caribbean Carnival.
A controversy had given birth to Saturday's carnival. Founders of Caribana, the original Caribbean feast, had disallowed the use of the word "Caribana", prompting another group to reestablish the popular event through another name, thus Caribbean Carnival.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford participated in the initial ceremonies.
The high number of people who went to see the event, plus the huge crowd of dancers and participants numbering about 20,000, caused delays and traffic jams in downtown.
Several routes serviced by both streetcars and buses sparked dismay from commuters. A passenger along Queen St. berated a streetcar driver, telling him he was way, way late in his schedule.
The driver replied: "Haven't you heard of the one million people who are in Toronto for the Caribbean Festival?"
The passenger kept his cool like most people who have to endure hours of waiting for their transport. The trains apparently were not as impacted as they were running smoothly on time.
A family of four who went to the carnival expressed some disappointments over this year's edition.
"It's not the same anymore," says Violet in a brief interview. "Before, there was food all around, people enjoy themselves . . . "
What's missing then, this reporter asked. She replied: "The real Caribbean feel, that's what's missing".