Looking for something to do this weekend, get a piece of the Caribbean at the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival in Toronto.
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an exciting three-week cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry as well as visual and performing arts. In its 47th year it has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. As Carnival is an international cultural phenomenon, the great metropolis of Toronto and its environs will come alive as the city explodes with the pulsating rhythms and melodies of Calypso, Soca, Reggae, Hip Hop, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. This colourful exhibition and display of genius is truly a musical panorama that is certain to bring a pleasing smile to the ancestral titans of Pan and Calypso music.
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is an expression of Toronto's multicultural and multiracial society. An increasing number of attendees and participants come from the US and overseas. The events are planned months in advance. The costumes and mas band displays are elaborate and oh so delicately worn and designed for movement. Every move they make, in a breath-taking spectrum of colours that is best reflected in the King and Queen Showcase on Parade Day. No Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto is complete without African Drumming along with the Arts and Crafts displays celebrating "Things Caribbean"!
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto season is culminating in the pinnacle of Parade Day ( August 2, 2014) on the Lakeshore with a kaleidoscope of music, colourful costumes, theatrical mas band displays, steel bands beating intricate orchestrations coupled with mouth watering feasts of Caribbean cuisine and delicacies.
This is the marquee parade that is the showcase of the Festival. After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes and steelpan bands whine their way from the assembly area at Exhibition Place along a 3.5 kilometre stretch on Lakeshore Boulevard. This performance of bejeweled masqueraders continues to draw millions from all over the world to see the live performing street art year after year. With opportunities for VIP seating in designated, controlled areas which will include upgraded seating, tents, and marketplace.
10:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. inside Exhibition Place.
Paying patrons may enter from Princess Gate, Ontario Drive and Princess Blvd. Nova Scotia Dr, Nunavut Road, the East Bridge between Ontario Place and Exhibition Place, and the South-eastern end of the easterly parking lot in Ontario Place.
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