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Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival Family Day and Grand Parade

June 24, 2019 12:30 pmViews: 114

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival Festival celebrates its 52nd Anniversary.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival welcome the media to 2019 event.

Photo: Kin Wong/WHNetwork.
Toronto Caribbean Carnival welcome greetings from  performers participating in the Grand Parade!

If you are getting married between July 14th and August 3rd in Toronto or close by, and looking for fun things your out of town wedding guests can do. One of Toronto’s summer highlights is the Caribbean Carnival Festival.

The Festival, formerly known as “Caribana,” is lots of fun for every age like crowning the Junior King and Queen.

The Caribbean Festival was established in 1967 as part of Canada’s 100th Anniversary celebrations. It was a cultural gift by the Caribbean immigrants to Canada.

Today, the Carnival Festival is a national celebration of freedom and diversity. It celebrates calypso music, body positivity, embraces diversity in all forms, and has become the largest of its kind in North America.

The Caribbean Canadian community includes Canadians with heritage taken from Barbados, Bahamas, Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Haiti, Saint Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago. As well as the other countries of the Caribbean.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival celebrates 52nd anniversary with Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry, and winners of the 2019 Face of the Festival.

Winners of the 2009 Face of the Festival Nadelle Lewis, left, and Joel Davis.

The winners of the 2019 Face of the Festival contest are Nadelle Lewis, shown left, and Joel Davis.

The Face of the Festival contest got its start in 2009 to provide Canadians with an opportunity to showcase their cultural diversity. Participants sent in a short essay describing why they would like to be the Festival Face, and the impact it has had in their lives and community.

Lewis, is a self-proclaimed masquerader, who started #everyBODYplayamas movement to encourage full-figured men and women to play mas during carnival. The movement has broken down barriers to change public perception. As well as projecting a positive self image for all during the masquerade experience.

Davis, is known as the Connector, and he is Canada’s Calypso Monarch by the Calypso Performing Artists. His career spans over two decades, and his hit single Bump and Shake Yuh Bam Bam headlines international carnivals.

Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2019 band lineup.

Photo: Kin Wong/WHNetwork.
The Carnival lineup band categories for Mas and Guest Bands.

There are two categories of bands the Competing Mas (masquerade), and Guest Bands. The Grand Parade on August 3rd will showcase the MAS Band parading in the designated route.

The 2019 TCC Festival Calendar of Events.
14th of July – Junior King & Queen.
20th of July – Junior Parade & Family Day.
1st of August – King and Queen Showcase.
2nd of August – Pan Alive.
3rd of August – Grand Parade at the Canadian National Exhibition.

For more information visit: https://torontocarnival.ca/.

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