Apr 09, 2020
By Jane Brown
Yet another big Toronto event has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is off for this year, not an easy decision to make, according to spokesperson Andre Newell.
“We came to the conclusion that health and safety comes first, Newell told CP24, “We know that it’s an event that means a lot to the city and the community, so it wasn’t a decision we took lightly, but under the circumstances, we wanted to put everyone else as a priority.”
The carnival, formerly known as Caribana, joins a lengthy list of city events cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
The month long Caribbean Carnival normally culminates with the King and Queen Show at Lamport Stadium, across the street from us here at the ZoomerPlex, and then the parade along the Lakeshore on the August long weekend.
Newell promises the celebrations in 2021 will be bigger and better than ever before.
He also says that should the COVID-19 situation change for the better in the upcoming months, then a non-traditional celebration of the carnival will take place on the weekend of August 1st.