From its launch more than 40 years ago, Carnival in Toronto has moved from University Avenue to the Lakeshore, and went from a few hundred people celebrating to tens, of thousands of revelers and spectators. As with anything that becomes so huge so quick, there are growing pains that come along with it. The growth that carnival in Toronto has experienced is unprecedented, and due to that amazing growth some changes have to be made.
The Festival Management Committee is the governing body for Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, and after making a change in the judging of last year’s parade to resemble the judging that is common to the Caribbean carnival’s – they experienced quite a bit of backlash. Masqueraders were confused about the new route, the stages were not properly identified and those who came to watch the parade didn’t get to see all the costumes and floats.
To combat this and many other complaints, the Toronto Mas Player Association released a survey a few weeks ago to gather the opinions of masqueraders, visitors and other carnival participants. If you were unhappy with your experience at carnival, we encourage you to complete the survey and share your opinion on what the future of carnival in Toronto should look like.
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