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For now, just call it the festival formerly known as Caribana.
Toronto’s massive mid-summer Caribbean celebration is being renamed.
Last Thursday, the Ontario Superior Court ruled that it can no longer use the name Caribana because it is trademarked by a group that founded the festival, but no longer runs it.
“There is no change to the festival,” said Chris Alexander, chief administrative officer of the Festival Management Committee, which has run Caribana for the past five years. “The only thing that has changed is the name.
“And people will still call it that.”
But behind the Caribana name change, there’s an ongoing struggle for control over the massively popular celebration.
In 2006, the city and province cut funding to Caribana after organizers failed to produce adequate financial statements.
Control was transferred from the Caribbean Cultural Committee (CCC), which started the festival in 1967, to the newly created Festival Management Committee (FMC). THE CCC was assisted succes…