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CARIBANA™ Flags and Colours 2013 Children’s Carnival at Jane and Finch This Saturday July 13th, 2013!

Thursday July 11th, 2013 – Toronto, ON Canada

 

CARIBANA™, founders of the annual Toronto Caribbean carnival known internationally since 1967, hosts children revelers as they transform the community of Jane and Finch, and make it Junior Carnival central!

 

Known as Flags and Colors, the event is anchored by Yorkgate Mall (located at 1 York Gate Boulevard at Jane and Finch). The parade begins at the Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane Street, North York and ends at Yorkgate Mall where there will be live entertainment, speeches, activities, netball demonstrations as well as food and merchandise vending.

 

The children will wear vibrant costumes created by parents, youths and children from the Jane and Finch community, and coordinated by TDSB educator, Amah Harris. The creative process allowed the children to participate in the carnival arts by having a hand in production. This approach helped organizers reach more children and parents who have come to look forward to this annual celebration. Costumes were also designed and made by veteran choreographer and mas maker, Martin Scott Pascall.  “My children have been with Flags and Colors the past two years,” said Deborah “and they love it.  Making costumes and dancing in the parade is what they look forward to for the summer.”

 

Henry Gomez, the CARIBANA™ Flags and Colours General Manager and Artistic Director admits that there were some unexpected challenges in planning this year's parade, “but to see how everyone involved came together to make this year more incredible than last year shows how important the children and this event are to the community.  Of that our organization is proud.  This proves our slogan that ‘Great things come from Jane and Finch!’”

 

Dignitaries invited to the event include His Worship Mayor Rob Ford; Ward 8 Councillor, Anthony Perruzza; York West MP, Judy Sgro; 31 Division Commander, Dave McLeod; and representatives from community centres and other groups in the area.

 

Now in its 46thyear, CARIBANA™ focuses on the Caribbean carnival arts and their potential to create positive change in the lives of our children. This year, one of the organization’s goals is to increase the number of children in the parade that highlights CARIBANA Flags and Colours.

 
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