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Thursday, August 01, 2013

ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS RE: 2013 SCOTIABANK TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

by Darling Nicky

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INFORMATIVE ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

RE: SCOTIABANK TORONTO CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL

1.       On the topic of:  Limited bleacher seating
The Bleachers have always been on a first-come first-serve basis.  This year the regular theatre style seating is not possible because of the available route inside the Exhibition Place as well as the availability of bleachers inside Exhibition Place.
This year we have created a different experience inside Exhibition Place so patrons can see the Parade from many different vantage points while having the opportunity to experience different activities during the day.
2.       On the topic of: Paid entry (children and senior prices)
The prices for the parade are as follows:
Seniors General Admission $15
Adults General Admission $20
Family Pack (2Adults/Seniors, 2 Children) $60
Children under 2 years Free
Vip Cabana (Tent with food and Non Alcoholic drinks) Single $80
Vip Children (Under 12 Years) Single $25
Vip Cabana  for 10 people brought as a group $750
3.       On the topic of: Concert while parade is taking place 
This is an added attraction. We have provided additional entertainment for the last two years and patrons loved it and requested that we continue doing it. This year we enhanced it and promoted it.
4.       On the topic of: Paid and free entrances
The Paid Entrances are at the Princes Gates, the TTC and GO trains entrances,  and at Saskachewan Blvd near the Dufferin Gates.  You can walk down  Dufferin through the Dufferin Gates  and onto British Columbia Drive to the Jamieson Foot Bridge to cross to the South side where it is free.
You can enter the free area via Straughan Ave in the east and Jameson Ave in the West.  You can also come off the GO and TTC and walk east on Manitoba to Strachan Ave to access the south side of the Lakeshore Road.
5.       On the topic of: Midway for children – price range
The midway rides are very affordable. We had it at the Junior Carnival and it was packed with children
6.       Concert location and time – who has access to it
The concert is inside the Bandshell at Exhibition Place. Once you paid to enter the grounds, the concert is free
We have a method to identify paid patrons entering the Bandshell area
7.       On the topic of: Parade route seating
The parade route has never had seating in the past.  Anyone wanting to sit along the route should bring a bag chair with them.
About Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and revelry as well as visual and performing arts. Now in its 46th year, it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. The Festival Management Committee oversees the running of North America’s largest outdoor festival.
Corporate sponsors of this year’s festival include: Scotiabank, Chevrolet, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, FLOW FM, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Public Library, Eglinton Square Mall, and the Liberty Grand.

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