Successful Media Event: 75 media registered. 35 costumed Mas Dancers. 50 musicians. 15 cameras (TV, film makers and web based broadcasters), 5 radio stations and just one daily newspaper -- the Toronto Star! Big Events? Mayor Ford danced with Mas Dancer and cut a special cake. Michael Chan and Chief Bill Blair spoke at the opening.
There was a silent protest by the Caribana Arts Group, owners of the Caribana trade mark. Their protest signs didn't really explain why they were there (and the typos got a few laughs) giving it a minor role in a big event.
Councillor Michael Thomson, Chris Alexander,
Mayor Ford and Denise Herrera Jackson
|Jamaican Sprinter was introduced to auidence|
|The CEO of Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Denise Herrera-Jackson,|
is interviewed by Nathan Downer (CP-24) live from Nathan Phillips Square
This press release was issued at the press conference:
Junior Carnival, July 16: Junior Carnival provides festival goers and the surrounding community the opportunity to experience the thrills and joys as young masqueraders participate in their early festival years. The parade route stretches from Black Creek Pioneer Village to the Yorkgate Mall (Jane and Finch). Close to 2,000 children in costumes will take part in the parade. This year there are more areas along Jane Street for spectators. It is free! 11am – 4pm.