The 50th annual Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade is taking over a section of the downtown core on Saturday and some major road closures are in place for the event.

The parade, which started at 8:30 a.m., leaves from Exhibition Place from British Columbia Road and heads east along Lake Shore Boulevard West. The festivities will wrap up at 9:30 p.m.

The event is expected to feature 11 large Mas Bands, six-to-eight guest bands, and six Steel Bands.

Lake Shore Boulevard West is currently closed between Colborne Lodge Drive and Strachan Avenue. The road will reopen at 6 a.m. on Sunday.

The following Gardiner Expressway ramps will also be closed:

  • Eastbound Gardiner Expressway exit to Jameson Avenue
  • Jameson Avenue and British Columbia entraces rampts to eastbound Gardiner Expressway
  • Westbound Gardiner Expressway to Dunn Avenue exit ramp

The TTC will offer additional service to and from the event and those taking part in the festivities are encouraged to take public transit.