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Toronto Caribbean Carnival aka Caribana 2015

© 2015 Photographs, Article and layout by TorontoArtsandEvents.  Editors please contact us for use.

Martin Luther King had a dream!  In 1967, so did the creators of Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival - to showcase Carribean Canadian culture in Canada! The result was called Caribana which they based on the huge and exciting Trinidad & Tobago Carnival.  The founders of Caribana envisioned it as a gift of culture to Canada.  This Carnival is a cultural explosion of Caribbean music, ( Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands ) Caribbean cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. According to the organizers, it is the largest Carnival in North America!  The Carnival is now run by the Festival Management Committee, a group of business people and City of Toronto officials.  It is aimed at not only continuing this gift of culture but also at fiscal stability for all participants in Carnival and for the benefit of the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario, and the Government of Canada and the corporate sponsors.

This Carnival was held in Toronto July 7, 2015 to August 2, 2015.  The main events of the festival were: the Gala, Pan Alive, the King & Queen Xtavaganza and the Grand Parade or Parade of Bands.  There are also many feets or parties at night clubs which usually start late around 11:30 and go until sunrise.
The 48th Annual Grand Parade

The jewel of the festival is the grand parade - imagine pulsating rhythms of Calypso, Soca and Steel Bands dancing along Lakeshore Blvd., with thousands of brilliantly costumed Mas Bands spirited together.  Each year, TorontoArtsandEvents! is amazed by the colours and the artistic genius shown in the parade!  The grand parade had a “Carnival of the Americas” theme – participants were wearing vibrant and colourful costumes and dancing to soca, calypso and steel drum music.
Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival aka Caribana 2015 was a great event – the Grand Parade was brilliant with exciting colours – check back for next year’s event.

© 2015 Photographs, Article and layout by TorontoArtsandEvents.  Editors please contact us for use.

Category: Festivals
Start Date: 2015-07-18
End Date: 2015-08-01
Venue: Toronto Ontario

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