July 30, 2010
It's Caribana Parade Weekend in Toronto. Caribana is a festival of Caribbean culture and traditions held here each summer. Annually, Caribana draws hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the globe culminating in over a million revelers on Lakeshore Boulevard, just a few blocks south of my home, for the event's final parade. Caribana is billed as North America's largest street festival.
2010 marks the 43rd Caribana in Toronto. What was once a three-day event has now grown into three weeks of celebration with over a hundred official and unofficial events to see and experience
But the signature event is the parade itself. Over 10,000 masqueraders in elaborate costume will march, strut and dance down the 3.6 km route to the music of steel pan bands, live soca, calypso, reggae and salsa.
Here are some pictures. The fantastic top picture is from Pierre D at the BlogTO Flickr Pool.