TORONTO, ON --(Marketwired - July 30, 2014) - The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival's King and Queen competition, dubbed the Most Spectacular Show Under the Stars In North America, will be held outdoors the evening of August 1. The almost always sold-out event takes place at Lamport Stadium in downtown Toronto.
This nighttime event showcases the elaborate costumes that will be worn by the Kings and Queens in the Grand Parade. Kings and Queens from all of the parade Mas Camps will wear picturesque and oversized costumes (some over 10 metres tall and 12 metres wide) and will perform in the stadium as they vie for top honours at this year's festival.
Doors open at 4:30 p.m. for the outdoor show. From 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. there will be a pre-show program with Mas, Calypso and Steel Pan performances. At 7:00 p.m. the show will officially begin. The crowning of the King and Queen and the presentation of the Ontario Science Centre Innovation Award will take place at approximately 11:30 p.m. as part of a party-style jump up.
This marks the fifth year of the Ontario Science Centre Innovation Award that will recognize innovation in costume design at the celebration, widely known for its vibrant and dazzling costumes. The Award will shine a light on the intricate art and scientific merit of costume design by honouring the creators of these innovative masterpieces shown at the King and Queen Competition.
The King and Queen Competition is considered the first big event of the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival weekend. During the evening of Friday August 1, Pan Alive, North America's largest steel drum orchestra competition will also be held at Lamport Stadium. On Saturday August 2, the Grand Parade will be held along Lakeshore at Exhibition Place and on Sunday, Carnival Island will be held on the Toronto Island.
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. 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, OLG, Chevrolet, The Toronto Star, CTV, CP-24, Virgin Radio, The Canadian Federal Government, The Province of Ontario, City of Toronto, Tourism Toronto, The Greater Toronto Airports Authority, the Ontario Science Centre, and the Liberty Grand.
Scotiabank is committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work, both in Canada and abroad, through our global philanthropic program, Scotiabank Bright Future. Recognized as a leader internationally and among Canadian corporations for our charitable donations and philanthropic activities, Scotiabank has provided on average approximately $47 million annually to community causes around the world over each of the last five years. Visit us at www.scotiabank.com.
For more information about the programmes and events, please visit the festival's official website at www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com. The Festival Office is located at 19 Waterman Avenue. Contact info: Tel: 416-391-5608; Email: email@example.com.
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