Carnival Comes to Life

By Ron Fanfair, Toronto Police Service Published: 2:53 p.m. July 27, 2018
Updated: 3:11 p.m. July 27, 2018

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders thanked the Toronto Boys & Girls Breakfast Club and the Carpenters Union for supporting the Service’s annual Caribbean Carnival kick off on July 27.

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Youth In Policing Initiative students embrace the Carnival spirit at the headquarters kickoff event

“Without him, we will not be here today,” said Saunders, who also acknowledged the Black Consultative Committee and the Youth in Policing Initiative members assembled for the event.

Police headquarters’ courtyard came alive with the colours and sounds of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival celebration in a preview of what’s to come during the festival that culminates in a parade at Exhibition Grounds August 6.

Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival Chief Operating Officer Chris Alexander thanked the Service for its participation in the annual parade while Toronto Police Services Board member Ken Jeffers said the festival has evolved over the years since he chaired the board that organized the event.

Toronto Police Caribbean Carnival Kick- Off Celebration 2018
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Young dancers impressed the crowd in the courtyard of headquarters

“It has become a festival of greater colour, involvement and participation and I am very proud of that,” Jeffers said. “It’s first and foremost a celebration of the cultural heritage of the people from the Caribbean. It is also a celebration of the vitality, richness and colorfulness of the kaleidoscope that’s our city and our great country. The powerful and unifying spirit that is this festival can be felt throughout this city.”

This year’s theme is Caribbean Wave represented in the float sponsored by the Carpenters Union .

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Performers wearing costumed they helped design danced in celebration of Carnival
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Chief Mark Saunders poses for a photo with a Youth In Policing Initiative student
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