Toronto Pearson Celebrates the Sights and Sounds of Caribbean Carnival

~ 46th Annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto Celebrations Kick off at the Airport in Terminals 1 and 3 ~

TORONTO, July 31, 2013 /CNW/ - Toronto Pearson was filled with excitement yesterday afternoon as airport guests were surprised with traditional island music and dance in celebration of the 46th Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto.

Junkanoo dancers moved to the beat of steel pan drums as masqueraders paraded their way through the airport's Terminals 1 and 3.  Among the performers were the world renowned Bahamian Junkanoo Legends and Canadian calypso pioneer "Pan Man Pat."

"It's always great to surprise and delight our guests with cultural experiences that reflect the spirit of Toronto," said Jennifer Larson, Manager, Guest Experience Marketing, Toronto Pearson. "An increasing number of attendees and participants come from all over the world to celebrate Caribbean Carnival, the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. We're proud to welcome them and our airport guests in a fun and entertaining way year after year."

This is the sixth straight year Toronto Pearson has kicked off festivities for Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto, the largest festival of its kind in North America.

About the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA):
The Greater Toronto Airports Authority is the operator of Toronto Pearson International Airport, the largest airport in Canada and one of the largest in North America in terms of passenger and air cargo traffic.  In 2012, Toronto Pearson handled 35 million passengers.  The focus of the GTAA continues to be on competitiveness, growing the airport's status as an international gateway, meeting the needs of our travellers and ensuring the long-term success of the organization, our airline customers and the regional economy.

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About Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto:
Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. In its 46th year 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, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. For complete listing information, visit www.torontocaribbeancarnival.com.

Video with caption: "Video: Toronto Pearson surprises airport guests on Tuesday in celebration of the 46th annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto.". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20130731_C2626_VIDEO_EN_29413.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20130731_C2626_PHOTO_EN_29413.jpg&clientName=Toronto%20Pearson%20International%20Airport&caption=Video%3A%20Toronto%20Pearson%20surprises%20airport%20guests%20on%20Tuesday%20in%20celebration%20of%20the%2046th%20annual%20Scotiabank%20Caribbean%20Carnival%20Toronto%2E&title=TORONTO%20PEARSON%20INTERNATIONAL%20AIRPORT%20%2D%20Toronto%20Pearson%20kick%20off&headline=Toronto%20Pearson%20Celebrates%20the%20Sights%20and%20Sounds%20of%20Caribbean%20Carnival

Image with caption: "Toronto Pearson kicks off celebrations for the 46th annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto on Tuesday. (CNW Group/Toronto Pearson International Airport)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130731_C2626_PHOTO_EN_29411.jpg

Image with caption: "Toronto Pearson brings the Caribbean in-terminal, kicking off Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto weekend with musical performances and a celebratory parade through Terminals 1 & 3. (CNW Group/Toronto Pearson International Airport)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130731_C2626_PHOTO_EN_29412.jpg

SOURCE: Toronto Pearson International Airport

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