Caribana returns to Toronto starting Aug. 3

The world renowned Caribana festival weekend in Toronto is fast approaching. Beginning on Thursday, August 3, the celebration will kick off with the King and Queen Parade. Here, competitors wear beautiful, massive costumes in hopes of catching the judges’ attention, as the male and female with the most intricate costume win the title of king and queen.
“It’s so important that we celebrate the wonderful Caribbean culture that we have in Toronto,” says Jamaican-born Ontario MPP Granville Anderson. “Caribana weekend brings so much colour and fun to the city, every single year.”
On Saturday, August, 5, the biggest event of the month takes place: the Grande Parade. At the Grande Parade, people from all over the world come to Toronto to experience bright outfits, island music and Caribbean dancing as it takes over the downtown streets. The walk extends all the way from Exhibition Place to Lakeshore Boulevard, attracting millions of participants and onlookers throughout.
Finally, on Sunday, August 6, Chutney in de Park offers a full day of family fun, complete with Trinidadian and Guyanese food, and music to mark the end of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
Between these fun celebrations, the Caribana weekend will see the city come alive with many parties, all in celebration of this year’s Toronto Caribbean Carnival theme, Celebrating Our Heritage: From Then to Now.
“It doesn’t matter which Caribana event you choose to attend,” says Anderson. “What matters most is that you enjoy the festivities and that you celebrate the fantastic and diverse people we have here in Canada.”

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