Friday 15 July 2011

Kiddies Parade, Jane/Finch, 2,000 kids in mas costume, Saturday 11am, Yorkgate Idol too!


The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
2011 Yorkgate Junior Carnival Parade
11am Set to roll down Jane St. Saturday, July 16th

WHAT: 2011 Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival/Yorkgate Mall Junior Carnival Parade
Close to 2,000 children in Mas costumes.
WHERE: Parade starts at Shoreham Rd (Black Creek Pioneer Village). Travels south on Jane Street. Review stand at Driftwood/Jane. Ends at Yorkgate Mall Parking Lot for Party, Entertainment and Awards.
WHEN: 11am start at Shoreham Rd Ribbon cutting ceremony with
Judy Sgro MP York West and Mario Sergio MPP York West
1pm Yorkgate Idol ContestYorkgate NW parking lot
2pm expected end parade, Yorkgate NW parking lot
2.30pm – 4pm Kid’s party and awards.
Yorkgate NW parking lot

WHY: Bringing the traditions of carnival to Jane/Finch. Also referred to as Kiddies Carnival, it comprises masqueraders (or mas) players/dancers who range in age from toddlers to teens; many of who go on to play in the main Carnival parade when they become adults. And just with adult bands, each junior band must portray a theme suitable of the Carnival masquerade tradition. Competition titles up for grabs include: Junior Band of the Year; Jr. King of the Bands; Jr. Queen of the Bands; Jr. Male Individual of the Year; and Jr. Female Individual of the Year.
NOTE: The TTC will be operating a special bus service during the Saturday Parade which will drops passengers off on Jane St. within site of the review stand. The 108 Downsview Bus will be short-turning at Jane throughout the parade.

Yorkgate Idol is an exciting grade 9 to 12 youth talent singing competition with a mix of Rhythm and Blues (R n B), Reggae, gospel and other forms of music. The live show will be held in the parking lot at 1 pm. Yorkgate Idol is a spectacular event that brings together youth, businesses, professionals, organizations and community residents together through arts and culture for community development.
For further information, contact: Stephen Weir, Stephen Weir & Associates stephen@stephenweir.com416-489-5868; 416-801-3101
PICTURE: Parade mask for Kiddies Parade