Caribbean Carnival parade: road closure information

The Caribbean Carnival parade, the signature event of the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, will draw thousands to the area around Lakeshore Boulevard and Exhibition Place on Saturday. Here's the road closure information you need to know.

Parade will draw thousands, bring road closures to area around Exhibition Place

It's estimated the Caribana festival pumps more than $400 million into the Ontario economy. (Adrien Veczan/Canadian Press)

It's the August long weekend, which means Lake Shore Boulevard will again ring with the sights and sounds of the Caribbean Carnival. 

The parade takes place Saturday and will wind along a 3.5 kilometre section of Lake Shore Boulevard. 

The parade starts at 9:45 a.m. and travels from Exhibition Place along Lake Shore Boulevard, then back to the Ex grounds. 

Lake Shore Boulevard will be closed in both directions between Colborne Lodge Drive and Strachan Avenue from Friday, at 11:59 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Sunday.

Expect plenty of road closures and traffic around the parade route this weekend. (Google/CBC)

Transit information

The TTC is running extra 509 Harbourfront streetcars along Queens Quay with the 510 Spadina streetcar terminating at Queens Quay loop. There will also be enhanced service on the following routes:

  • 511 Bathurst southbound from Bathurst Station to Exhibition Place
  • 504 King from Dundas West Station to Sunnyside Loop on Queen St. W.
  • 29 Dufferin southbound from Dufferin Station to Dufferin Loop
  • Keele Station express bus to Parkside Drive/Lake Shore Blvd. W. 
  • Lansdowne Station express bus to Lake Shore Blvd. W. and Jameson Ave.

Transit information

The Caribbean festival isn't the only big event this busy weekend in the city.

  •    Drake's OVO festival returns to the Molson Amphitheatre Sunday and Monday.
  •    The Veld electronic music festival is at Downsview Park Saturday and Sunday.
  •    There's the Toronto Food Truck Festival at Woodbine Park tomorrow.
  •    The radically re-tooled Blue Jays are at Rogers Centre all weekend.