Toronto Alpha Week Long Celebration

The Brothers of Sigma Epsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. would like to welcome all family, friends and fellow Greeks to join us for the 50th anniversary of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, a.k.a. Caribana. We will be celebrating various cultures, music and history from Monday July 31st to Sunday August 6th.

Monday July 31st

We will be joining members of the community on A Different Booklist's 5th Annual Underground Freedom Train Ride in commemoration of Emancipation Day. Emancipation Day celebrates the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, which abolished slavery in the British Empire. The evolution of Carnival as we celebrate it now is deeply tied to the experience of Enslaved People. It is important to remember the historical context of our celebrations while we enjoy fellowship with others.

The train leaves at 10:45pm from Union Staion to Sheppard West. More information is available here

Wednesday August 2nd

We'll ease into the party atmosphere with a night of reggae music at Socialite Restaurant and Bar. The venue is located in Toronto's Kensington Market at 276 Augusta Ave. Join us starting at 11pm. 

RSVP: SEL.Alphas.1906@gmail.com

Thursday August 3rd

We look forward to fellowship with members of the National Bar Association during their 92nd Annual Convention's Fraternity and Sorority Breakfast. The event takes place at the Fairmont Royal York near Union Station.

In the evening you can catch us on the dance floor with Soca, Dancehall and Afrobeats at  Gumbo du Jour (Caribana Special). This is one party you don't want to miss! This celebration of West Indian and West African music takes place at Revival Bar, 783 College St. Tickets available by online here,  emailing SEL.Alphas.1906@gmail.com, or contacting your favourite Alpha.

Saturday August 5th

This is the day of the Grand Parade. The Brothers will be on the road, so come find us with your rag, your flag and your para. The parade takes place on Lakeshore Blvd. near Exhibition place all day until 6pm. Tickets for the viewing area are available for purchase, however much of the parade route is free. More information can be found here.

Sunday August 6th

The Brothers will be hosting a cool down BBQ and picnic at Cherry Beach at the southern end of Cherry St. in Toronto. Bring your chair, your blanket and whatever else you need to enjoy some outdoor time with the Brothers. We're getting started at 1pm, going until 7pm. RSVP: SEL.Alphas.1906@gmail.com

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