Carnival Comes to Life

By Kevin Masterman, Toronto Police Service Published: 3:52 p.m. July 30, 2016
Updated: 4 p.m. July 30, 2016

Chief Mark Saunders was in a party mood as helped launch the 49th annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival on July 30 at Exhibition Place.

A group of teenagers waving flags
Youth In Policing Initiative students charging down Lake Shore Blvd. waving their colours

The former disc jockey busted a few dance moves, much to the delight of the nearly 60 Youth in Policing Initiative (YIPI) students who took part in this year’s parade.

“We have got the best looking YIPIs in the parade, so let’s have a good time today,” said Saunders, who also thanked the volunteers for donating their time to help make the event run smoothly.

Kadisha Joseph, a junior assistant with the program, enjoys participating in the annual event.

“I relish the culture, goods vibes, laughter and the unity,” said the 2010 YIPI, who was assigned to the Employment Unit.

YIPI students and Service members have a dance party on Lake Shore Blvd. at the Carnival Grand Parade
Shadows of people on the ground
Shadows of Toronto Police revellers in the parade

Constable Jennifer Dekezel, of 54 Division, has been playing mas’s for the last 18 years.

‘It’s so much fun, and playing with Toronto Police is an added dimension to the mas because of the YIPIs involvement,” she said. “They bring so much energy to the show. Rain or sunshine, they are out here to party and you can’t help but want to be part of this.”

Women in costume take photo with another woman
Stopping for a selfie with a parade-goer
TPS crest watermark