Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2018

The Grand Parade is on Saturday, August 4, 2018. Summer's month long celebration of Caribbean music, food and fun, featuring costumes that are works of colourful art that rival the beauty of the dancers, is quickly coming to an exciting conclusion. This is the 51st anniversary of the festival and this year will see more of everything including floats, music and celebrities with a theme of "Canada's Celebration of Freedom and Diversity".  The parade lasts from 8:30am to 8:30pm and winds through and around Exhibition Place. Costs for tickets is from $20 to $200.

Performers, singers, pannists and calypsonians will bring the music and dancing of the islands to the streets of Toronto with Calypso, Soca, Salsa, Zouk, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands.

From the Carnival's website "Go big. Really big! The Grand Parade is the largest event of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival. This event continues to attract local, regional, national, and international attention by visitors and media. It is the highlight of the annual Festival. After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes and steel pan bands wind their way from Exhibition Place moving east along Lakeshore Boulevard and returning to Exhibition Place. The road becomes the stage for the masqueraders and steelpan performers. It truly is something you can’t miss."

General Admission tickets provides entrance to Exhibition Place where you can watch from bleachers or bring in your own folding chairs. VIP tickets offers the best views from Princes Boulevard (the judging area) and includes Caribbean food and non-alcoholic beverages. There are also licensed tents for purchase of adult beverages.

These photos are from the 2018 launch held at Toronto City Hall. You can also see more of the photos on my post here.

See more mas costumes after the jump.

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