Every summer, Toronto (Canada) blazes with the excitement of calypso, steel pan and elaborate masquerade costumes during the annual Caribana™ Festival.
Caribana™, celebrating its 38th anniversary in 2005, is the largest Caribbean festival in North America. Presented by the Caribbean Cultural Committee, the two-week Festival attracts over a million participants annually, including hundreds of thousands of American tourists.
Among the highlights is the Caribana™ Parade, one of the largest in North America. Thousands of brilliantly costumed masqueraders and dozens of trucks carrying live soca, calypso, steel pan, reggae and salsa artists jam the 1.5 km parade route all day, to the delight of hundreds of thousands of onlookers.
Other keynote events include the King and Queen of the Bands Competition and the two-day Olympic Island Caribbean Arts Festival. Outdoor concerts of Caribbean music, calypso harbour cruise parties and glamourous dances round out the entertainment roster.
Caribana was created in 1967 as a community heritage project for Canada's Centennial year. Based on Trinidad Carnival, the Festival now also includes the music, dance, food and costumes of Jamaica, Guyana, the Bahamas, Brazil and other cultures represented in Toronto - the world's most culturally diverse city.'
taken from http://www.caribana.com I miss the people, the traffic, the smell, the buildings, my family. I love this city.
Canadian Olympian Marnie...
Canadian Olympian Marnie McBean weeps, while members of the Beijing delegation celebrate around her, as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Juan Antonio Samaranch announces that Beijing has been awarded the 2008 Olympic Games, at a meeting of the IOC in Moscow
I remember, when I was a kid, my father would take us downtown to the Kensington Market. It's located off Spadina Ave. It's a market held every weekend where they sell fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses etc. etc. It's basically in Chinatown so you find things you may not be able to find easily elsewhere. We would always hit the European Meat Market too for bratwurst sausages and hot dogs.
I also remember my sister and I wanting to go for a ride on the streetcars. My fathers answer to this was to put us on the streetcar and then foloow us in his car while we laughed and waved like mad.
I grew up in the suburbs of Toronto rather than right downtown. And, thanks to my father, I spent quite a bit of time there as a child. I love it more everyday.
Black Creek Pioneer Village
(Ages 15-59) $11.00 (plus G.S.T.) $9.35 (plus G.S.T.)
(Ages 5-14) $7.00 (plus G.S.T.) Under 4
years of age free with parent $5.95 (plus G.S.T.)
(60+) $10.00 (plus G.S.T.) $8.50 (plus G.S.T.)
((15+ with ID) $10.00 (plus G.S.T.) $8.50 (plus G.S.T.)
Everywhere you go in down town Toronto you will run into statues of "dressed up" Moose. They come in all different types of garb. The "Mounty Moose" in the picture is just outside the entrance to the CN tower.