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Mayor Ford helps kick off Toronto Caribbean Carnival at City Hall

Mayor Rob Ford showed off some his dance moves at Nathan Phillips Square Tuesday for the kick off party for the newly-named Toronto Caribbean Carnival.

The noon-hour event at Nathan Phillips Square marks the beginning of three weeks of Caribbean-inspired events, including the Junior Carnival, Pan Alive, the king and queen competition, and the marquee event — the parade.

On a break from a busy morning of debate inside the Council chambers, Ford celebrated in the square. Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair also attended the event. Calypso singers, steel drum players, and dancers in Mas costumes also fanned out in front of City Hall.

The Toronto tradition that draws tens of thousands of people to the city is best-known as Caribana but got a name change this year. A judge ruled that the Caribana name belongs to the group that ran the event up until 2006.

Click here for a full list of Toronto Caribbean Carnival events.