Tribal Knights and Fantasia International were double winners at the annual junior carnival parade last Saturday at Downsview Park.
Celena Seusahai, the daughter of Tribal Knights bandleader, Dexter Seusahai, repeated as the junior carnival queen while Malik Adams captured the title of junior king. Seusahai, who has been playing mas’ since age six, portrayed Skittlez and Adams depicted Willie Wonka.
Fantazia International’s Aaron DeGraff, who portrayed Mystical Creature, and Desiree Pennant – she portrayed Peafowl in the Garden — clinched the Male and Female individual crowns.
Jamaal Magloire’s Toronto Revellers won the Band of the Year Award. The band’s theme is Bollywood-Lights, Camera, Action. Marcus Eustace’s Carnival Nationz and Tribal Knights were second and third respectively.
Prior to the start of the colourful parade which featured 13 bands and more than 2,000 young revellers in their dazzling costumes, local politicians and sponsors joined carnival officials in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
“Events like this truly define what it is to be Canadian,” said York Centre Member of Parliament, Mark Adler. “It doesn’t matter where we come from and what ethnic background we are, we can all be proud to celebrate our traditions and yet at the same time be truly proud Canadians.”
Chevrolet was the automotive sponsor of this year’s junior carnival.
“We are not here just because we didn’t have anything else to do,” said General Motors Canada Ltd. managing director and president, Kevin Williams. “This community is critically important to GM and Chevrolet. We are pleased to be here to support the community we truly care about. That’s what the new GM is all about; serving people and ensuring that we are serving communities that are meaningful not just to our global brand but to the overall economy and the country that is Canada. Our mission is simple and that is putting people and the community at the centre of everything we do.”
York West MP Judy Sgro, MPP Michael Coteau and councillor Maria Augimeri also participated in the opening ceremony.
BY RON FANFAIR