Masquerade bands, dancers, steel pan music and thousands of spectators lined Lakeshore Boulevard this morning, August 2, to take part in the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade.
The Toronto Police Service float led the way with masquerade bands not far behind as the Grand Parade commenced at Exhibition place heading west on Lakeshore Boulevard. More than 300 officers were sent out by the TPS as community ambassadors and could be seen mingling with crowds at the parade.
A ribbon cutting ceremony started the parade, with mayoral candidates and community organizers speaking on the history, culture and tradition of Caribana in Toronto.
According to Deputy Chief Sloly, this year's parade was more "efficient, economical and safe.”
Thousands of spectators lined the parade route from Exhibition place all the way west on Lakeshore Boulevard.
The Toronto Police Service also had it's own official kick-off for their float the day before, to mark their 22nd year as participants in the Caribbean Carnival.