Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2020 cancelled because of spread of COVID-19

If the City of Toronto allows events after July 1, there will be an informal celebration on August 1

Toronto Caribbean Carnival organizers have released a statement revealing that this year’s events are cancelled due to the spread of COVID-19.

“For the past 52 years, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival (formerly Caribana) has delivered an exciting summer festival featuring elaborate costumes, Caribbean music, and food in our Grand Parade. This festival is a labour of love created by our extraordinary talented artistic stakeholders, and supported by participants and volunteers,” the organization explains.

“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.”

Read the statement in full below.

The organizers went on to explain that if the City of Toronto allows events after July 1st, there will be a “non-traditional format” celebration on the weekend of August 1st.
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