Caribana a.k.a Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2012 kicked off today at Nathan Philips Square in downtown Toronto. The weather was great and lots of people were on hand to get a glimpse of all the beautiful costumes that will be making there way down the Lakeshore on August 4th 2012 . Below is a list of all the events that will be taking place to celebrate Caribbean culture and more photos from today.
Junior Carnival Parade and Family Day – July 21, 2012: The first big event, the Junior Carnival Parade, will take place at Downsview Park. Think of it as a junior’s version of the big parade. In 2011, over 2,000 children performed for the judges and played Mas along the streets of the Jane Finch corridor. Downsview Park, better suited to handle the growingnumber of children taking part, is the new location of the parade.
Canada versus Jamaica Rugby League – July 21, 2012: Sport fans will want to watch the Canadian Rugby League take on the Jamaica Rugby League at Lamport Stadium. The Canadian team is the defending champion from the 2011 matchup. Game starts at 7:00 p.m.
FMC BBQ – July 25, 2012: BBQ being held at FMC Headquarters. Admission is FREE
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Gala – July 27, 2012: The Annual Gala, a dress up affair to honour the rich history of the festival and to sample the Caribbean arts, will take place at the Liberty Grand Ballroom on the CNE grounds.
Carnival: Emancipation to Celebration – July 28, 2012: A unique display of the history and cultural significance of the Carnival in the City of Toronto capturing the festival around the city and featuring the pioneers of the festival with their recollection over the years. Takes place at the Royal Ontario Museum.
Calypso Monarch Finals- July 28, 2012 and All-Star Showcase – July 31, 2012: Many of the world’s best Calypso performers will show their stuff at the contest and the showcase taking place at Harbourfront.
Toronto Pearson Official Launch – July 31, 2012: Once again, Toronto Pearson collaborates with the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival to promote the festival at the gateway to the City of Toronto with Caribbean entertainment and tastings.
King and Queen Competition and Show – August 2, 2012: Each year this popular contest proves to be a sold-out event. Lamport Stadium has been reconfigured to allow for an expected 20,000 spectators – up from 11,000 last year.
Pan Alive – August 3, 2012: This is a thrilling evening displaying the musical and tonal qualities of the steel pan as members of the Ontario Steelpan Association compete before a panel of judges. This show is the best opportunity to hear this wonderful instrument in all its glory.
This event highlights the talent of pannists ranging in age from early teens to adults as they perform their original renditions.
Beyond de lime – Fish Friday and J’ouvert – August 3 & 4, 2012: Fish Fry from 10:00p.m. to 4:00 am. Reminiscent of so many island beach get-together, when seafood such as snapper, lobster, shrimp, conch, is cooked fresh and the conversation of the night’s events continues through to the early morning hours.
Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade – August 4, 2012: After months of preparation, masqueraders in colourful and striking costumes and steel pan bands whine their way from Exhibition Place along a 3.5 kilometre stretch on Lakeshore Boulevard.
Beyond De Lime – Food Festival & Concert – August 5, 2012: Lime and Breakfast on South beach: Starting at 8:00 a.m., greet the morning with a Caribbean beach breakfast -fresh juices, coconut breads, fish and condiments that enhance the taste buds.
Closing Festival Church Service – August 12, 2012: We give thanks for all the festival sponsors, donors, partners, participants and audiences for their support. This service takes place at St. James Cathedral.
Image credit Tiffany @ Beauty Is Diverse