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Saturday, August 01, 2009

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Thousands line Lake Shore for Caribana

Web Staff, cp24.com

One of the 15,000 dancers who took part in Caribana on August 1, 2009 (Rajeshni Naidu/CP24)

Thousands of parade-goers jumped up on Lake Shore Boulevard as they took in the Caribbean flavour, sounds and bright colours of Caribana.

If you missed CP24's live broadcast, tune in at 8 p.m. for an encore presentation.

Sunny skies and warm temperatures helped draw a huge crowd to the Scotiabank Caribana parade. Organizers expected more than a million people to turn out for the parade, which is one of the largest in North America.

The 42nd annual parade featured 15,000 dancers in colourful, glittering or feathery costumes with Caribbean flair. Trucks and floats carried live soca, calypso, steel pan and reggae music.

Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed for the clean up until 6 a.m. Sunday morning. Westbound lanes are shutdown from Strachan Avenue to Parkside Drive and the eastbound lanes are closed from Colborne Lodge Road to Strachan Avenue.

City officials say it is a priority to clean up garbage along that Caribana route that was left over from the strike.

The Caribana weekend kicked off Friday night with the Pan Alive event at Lamport Stadium.

Thirteen steelpan bands from the Ontario Steelband Association competed for the title.

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