Today media got a preview of the tiny dancers as General Motors Canada announced that they will be sponsoring the free Junior Carnival Parade.
For three weeks Toronto celebrates Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Parade every summer. One of the most popular events is the Junior Carnival where families can enjoy the carnival festivities in a child friendly zone. The day will start off with the Junior Carnival Parade, where imagination goes wild.
Mas celebration goes back to African culture and European Lent celebrations. Communities would masquerade, dancing in their villages behind musicians playing Calypso. The music itself is as old as time. The songs were a way to bring messages to others.
In Toronto those old traditions have brought the city a carnival flair every July and August for the past 45 years. As civil rights lawyer Charlie Roach said at today's event, "In 1966 when the Carnival started Toronto was a graveyard. Today Toronto is stronger, more diverse."
With more than 10,000 people taking part in the Family Day Event Downsview Park's large area of land is the perfect venue for this year's activities.
Community leaders are encouraged with the strong participation of youngsters taking part in the Carnival. Chris Alexander, CAO of the event, said that it is vital that the children of today are part of the Caribbean Festival as they will be the ones running it in the years to come. There are over 2,000 children registered to dance along the streets during the parade this year.
Anthony Perruzza, City Councillor for Ward 8, agreed that carnival has helped to make Toronto stronger and more tolerant. He will be at the festival on the 21st. "I have attended the kiddie carnival each and every year.
This year General Motors will be one of those sponsoring the family festivities. Paul A. Bailey, Advertising Intergration Manager, said that his company is a global brand and it is an honour to be part of the event this summer.