When our family lived in Toronto, the festival was called Caribana but now I see the media calling it Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade. Hey, anything goes.
It basically kinda of marks the end of summer in the province of Ontario for we would also have had the CNE (Canadian National Exxhibition).
Caribana is a show case of one culture, dancing, costumes, hair, music, food, drums, insanity and apparently some people smoke something somethings.
The City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario goes to lengths to prepare for Caribana. We are talking about millions of people dancing around on some blocked straights scantily dressed. Reason I have no issues with nudity because half of them might as well be naked.
Caribana is for every age group. Toronto is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world so people get to sample food from every corner of the globe.
Caribana is for every age group and every colour. Imagine you have little bambinas or bambinos and your dress them up and take them to go jam down. When the kids get their faces painted and eat strange food, you should see the delight on their faces.
In crowds like that, safety is always an issue. My gosh, you should see how many police officers get deployed to maintain peace.
Ambulances, fire trucks everywhere with the hospitals ready to take in any injured people. And the injuries would not be from gunshots (maybe one or two) but from heat. This time of the year, we have a heat wave so it is mostly the heat wave which is the issue. Luckily, there are many places set up to serve water to everyone.
People in Toronto are also quite civilised in that they read the warnings and go out safely. We were taking our kids when they were in pampers and they had far too much fun.
If you have never visited Toronto Canada, you should consider visiting Toronto because it is one of the most amazing cities I have every lived in.
The reason why I say Caribana is like Kadodi is because once a year people get to go nearly half naked.
Martha Leah Nangalama
Formerly a student and resident of Toronto Canada
Check them out on their official page here: http://www.caribanatoronto.com/event/caribanaparade