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WATCH: Toronto's Caribbean Carnival culminates with parade
Parade closing many city streets, Gardiner access points
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A masquerader performs on Lake Shore Blvd during the Grand Parade at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto, 2012
The Canadian Press

Toronto's Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival culminates today with its annual parade, which typically bustles with colourful costumes, upbeat music and dancing in the streets.

Commonly called Caribana, the event is in its 47th year, billing itself an "explosion of Caribbean cuisine, music, revelry as well as visual and performing arts."

The parade is the marquee event of the three-week festival and winds along a 3 1/2-kilometre stretch of Toronto's Lake Shore Boulevard.

A spokesman says the festival has improved safety after the death of a Mississauga, Ont., teenager who was run over by a float at last year's parade.

Stephen Weir says the trucks are now equipped with protective skirts.

He says the parade celebrates the end of slavery in the Caribbean, and the simple joy of freely walking down the street.

The Caribbean Carnival parade is blocking the following routes Saturday:

-Eastbound Gardiner exit ramp to Jameson Ave
-Westbound Gardiner exit ramp to Dunn Ave
- On-ramps to the eastbound Gardiner from Jameson Ave and British Columbia Rd
-Westbound Lake Shore Blvd W from Strachan Ave to Parkside Dr
- Eastbound Lake Shore Blvd W from Colborne Lodge to Strachan Ave
- Dufferin St south of Springhurst Ave

Fleet St and Lake Shore Blvd W may be closed west of Bathurst St if parking lots at Ontario Place and Exhibition Place (Gore) fill up.

There will also be restricted access to cars along these routes:

- Dufferin St, south of King St W
- Dowling Ave, south of King St W
- Stadium Rd, south of Lake Shore Blvd W
- Queen's Quay, west of Bathurst St
- Springhurst Ave, west of Jameson Ave
- Springhurst Ave, east of Jameson Ave

Police say they will be strongly enforcing parking rules on streets in the area bounded by King St W, Colborne Lodge and Bathurst St



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A masquerader performs on Lake Shore Blvd during the Grand Parade at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto, 2012
The Canadian Press

Toronto's Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival culminates today with its annual parade, which typically bustles with colourful costumes, upbeat music and dancing in the streets.

Commonly called Caribana, the event is in its 47th year, billing itself an "explosion of Caribbean cuisine, music, revelry as well as visual and performing arts."

The parade is the marquee event of the three-week festival and winds along a 3 1/2-kilometre stretch of Toronto's Lake Shore Boulevard.

A spokesman says the festival has improved safety after the death of a Mississauga, Ont., teenager who was run over by a float at last year's parade.

Stephen Weir says the trucks are now equipped with protective skirts.

He says the parade celebrates the end of slavery in the Caribbean, and the simple joy of freely walking down the street.

The Caribbean Carnival parade is blocking the following routes Saturday:

-Eastbound Gardiner exit ramp to Jameson Ave
-Westbound Gardiner exit ramp to Dunn Ave
- On-ramps to the eastbound Gardiner from Jameson Ave and British Columbia Rd
-Westbound Lake Shore Blvd W from Strachan Ave to Parkside Dr
- Eastbound Lake Shore Blvd W from Colborne Lodge to Strachan Ave
- Dufferin St south of Springhurst Ave

Fleet St and Lake Shore Blvd W may be closed west of Bathurst St if parking lots at Ontario Place and Exhibition Place (Gore) fill up.

There will also be restricted access to cars along these routes:

- Dufferin St, south of King St W
- Dowling Ave, south of King St W
- Stadium Rd, south of Lake Shore Blvd W
- Queen's Quay, west of Bathurst St
- Springhurst Ave, west of Jameson Ave
- Springhurst Ave, east of Jameson Ave

Police say they will be strongly enforcing parking rules on streets in the area bounded by King St W, Colborne Lodge and Bathurst St



RELATED:

Organizers ''concerned'' about Skyway closure's impact on Caribbean Carnival

UPDATE: Skyway will be closed all weekend

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