Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival Adds Spice to Summer
Get ready to party, Toronto, as the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival launches its grand parade. There’s no better expression of this city’s exuberant multiculturalism.
The largest cultural festival of its kind in North America culminates this weekend to the compelling throb of calypso, steelpan, soca and chutney music and the spectacle of 15,000 sequined and feathered masqueraders.
There’s no louder or more unrestrained expression of this city’s multiculturalism than its annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival. And Toronto is set to party again amid the sounds, sights and tastes of the festival’s grand parade on Saturday.
Last year’s event drew an estimated 1.2 million people to the waterfront and organizers are hoping to at least match that turnout. Formerly called Caribana, the festival has its origins in a modest party on Olympic Island held to mark Canada’s Centennial Year. It has marched a long way since then.