As if we didn’t see enough colour at Toronto’s Festival of India, when we arrived at this year’s Caribana Parade it looked like a bag of skittles had scattered out onto Lakeshore. Mango yellows, deep maroons and fiery reds cooled by jade greens and watery blues.
Caribbean culture is a truly hybrid culture(s) with each country representing a mix due to the dark side of history – slavery, migrations of indentured workers, and colonialism but Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Festival (Caribana) is the celebration of what can happen when people with diverse music, food, dance and religion end up living together in a new place – a new world emerges.
The opening up of immigration in the 70s attracted many people from places like Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad & Tobago. The result, 45 years later, is the warming up of Toronto with this hot festival.