Strike may affect location of three major Caribana events
Revelers dance on Lakeshore Boulevard during the Caribana Parade in Toronto on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2008. (Aaron Harris / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Web Staff, cp24.com
Published Sunday, July 12, 2009 5:49PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, May 18, 2012 11:20PM EDT
Scotiabank Caribana organizers are waiting to find out if three major festival events have to be moved due to conflicts related to Toronto's civic workers strike.
The large Saturday parade along Lake Shore Boulevard will proceed, and the city has assured Caribana organizers that there will be garbage pick-up and EMS on hand, much like it did for the Pride Festival in June.
That's not the case for the king and queen competition and Pan Alive events scheduled for July 30 and 31 at Lamport Stadium, located near King and Dufferin Streets.
The stadium is owned by the city, which may prove to be a sticking point in the ongoing dispute between the city and the union.
Caribana spokesperson Stephen Weir says that festival organizers are capable of executing the event without city staff help, but adds they don't want to get between the city and the union.
He says both events will go ahead even if they have to move locations.
The festival's annual Island Weekend concert on the Toronto Islands may also be in trouble, as ferries are out of service since the strike began. The concert is scheduled for Olympic Island on Aug, 2. but may end up moving to Ontario Place, says Weir.
Tuesday's official Caribana launch party was supposed to be a Nathan Phillips Square, but has been moved to Yonge-Dundas Square instead.