Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Caribbean Carnival #Toronto 2013

The colours of the @CarnivalToronto were breathtaking as Mayor Rob Ford, Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak and others launched the 46th annual celebration. The new stage at City Hall's Nathan Phillips Square was put to use as the ladies in Masquerade, or Mas costumes lined up behind the politicians. During the 2013 parade they estimate 17,000 Mas participants will march in costume.
The Grand Parade is coming to Toronto on Saturday, August 3, starting in Exhibition Place and heading out along Lakeshore. and the festival has many events over the coming weeks - it is billed as North America's largest street festival! Watch as they celebrate harmony and innovation in this multicultural sensation that also showcases the music and culinary of the Caribbean.

"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 46th 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."
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Mayor Rob Ford reads the proclamation
Festival organizers provide a framed photo from the King and Queen Ball. Festival CEO Denise Herrera Jackson and Festival CAO Christopher Alexander with the Mayor.
Tim Hudak

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