Toronto Celebrates Caribana’s 47th Year On Lakeshore Boulevard

Toronto Celebrates Caribana’s 47th Year On Lakeshore Boulevard

Blog : August 3rd, 2014

Toronto’s Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival culminates today with its annual parade, which typically bustles with colourful costumes, upbeat music and dancing in the streets.  Commonly called Caribana, the event is in its 47th year, billing itself an “explosion of Caribbean cuisine, music, revelry as well as visual and performing arts.”

The parade is the marquee event of the three-week festival and winds along a 3 1/2-kilometre stretch of Toronto’s Lakeshore Boulevard.

A spokesman says the festival has improved safety after the death of a Mississauga, Ont., teenager who was run over by a float at last year’s parade.  Stephen Weir says the trucks are now equipped with protective skirts. He says the parade celebrates the end of slavery in the Caribbean, and the simple joy of freely walking down the street.



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