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Organizers ''concerned'' about Skyway closure's impact on Caribbean Carnival
62,000 American visitors come to carnival via QEW
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The Canadian Press

Organizers of Toronto's Caribbean Carnival are concerned about the impact a major QEW closure could have on the weekend festival, but the parade will go on.

Toronto-bound lanes of the Burlington Skyway will be closed until at least Monday afternoon following a crash that damaged the bridge on Thursday.

Stephen Weir with the Toronto Caribbean Carnival says their focus has been on pumping information out to visitors through their social media channels.

"We're advising people not to wait until they get to Hamilton on the highway to start looking for other routes."

The closure along the QEW, coupled with a long weekend are expected to jam alternate routes and make for a frustrating drive for would-be carnival goers and everyone else.

Weir says the carnival attracts roughly a million people to Toronto each year. Some 25% of those visitors come to the city from the United States. But they are not all crossing into Canada in Niagara.

"Detroit's a huge draw for us, as is Ohio and all the way over to Illinois, so it (the closure) doesn't affect those people," says Weir.

Weir figures a quarter of all carnival's American visitors come to Toronto from states like New York and Pennsylvania using the QEW though, some 62,000 people.

Weir would not say if he thought the driving woes might lead people to sit the party out completely.

RELATED: Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway closed all weekend

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Organizers of Toronto's Caribbean Carnival are concerned about the impact a major QEW closure could have on the weekend festival, but the parade will go on.

Toronto-bound lanes of the Burlington Skyway will be closed until at least Monday afternoon following a crash that damaged the bridge on Thursday.

Stephen Weir with the Toronto Caribbean Carnival says their focus has been on pumping information out to visitors through their social media channels.

"We're advising people not to wait until they get to Hamilton on the highway to start looking for other routes."

The closure along the QEW, coupled with a long weekend are expected to jam alternate routes and make for a frustrating drive for would-be carnival goers and everyone else.

Weir says the carnival attracts roughly a million people to Toronto each year. Some 25% of those visitors come to the city from the United States. But they are not all crossing into Canada in Niagara.

"Detroit's a huge draw for us, as is Ohio and all the way over to Illinois, so it (the closure) doesn't affect those people," says Weir.

Weir figures a quarter of all carnival's American visitors come to Toronto from states like New York and Pennsylvania using the QEW though, some 62,000 people.

Weir would not say if he thought the driving woes might lead people to sit the party out completely.

RELATED: Toronto-bound Burlington Skyway closed all weekend

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