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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thursday evening King and Queen Show, Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana's Crown Jewel) 2013




So Thursday evening, all roads lead to Lamport Stadium, 1151 King street West.
Admission is $35 in advance and $40 at the door (Seniors pay $35) Please note there is no discount for children. I know this is a bit of a sore point since many families attend this event. But it is one of the only opportunities the festival has to make money it needs to run. Also, seating is limited. One day they might move the event  to a larger venue (Panam games might accelerate this movement in 2015.)

That aside, this is really a must see show. You really can't compare the view of the massive King and Queen costumes under stadium lights to seeing them on the road. Also Destra is supposed to make an appearance and that is always an added bonus.
If you don't have tickets yet, I advise you to arrive early. Its general admission and lines start to form around 5pm.
Also, parking is a challenge. The entire Lamport parking lot is taken up by bands assembling costumes. So you are forced to find street parking or visit one of the neighboring lots. There is a lot at the corner of Liberty and Atlantic, but it fills up quickly. Also, there is a cheap rate after 6pm. My advice is to show up before 6, secure a spot and lime in the parking lot until the cheap rate kicks in.
(This is also a good place to park on Grand parade day for about $5.) I shouldn't be exposing my last Caribana insider secret, see how much I help you guys?

Don't forget, Afropan always has a panyard lime after the show. (Their yard is at the foot of Jefferson). So you can always lime there for a while and wait for the traffic to die down. 

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