Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) 2015 [Pics]

August 5, 2015 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Photo Gallery

2015 Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Caribana) was another successful year, drawing in crowds from across North America as people from all cultures and races took time to enjoy what has become the largest street festival in North America.

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There were 9 mas bands (the largest with 4,500 costumed mas player), all from the GTA.  There are 10 guest bands – Scotiabank, Liberal Party, Union Organizations etc – and 10 visiting bands who are in costume representing the culture of different Caribbean nations.  There were 10 steel drum orchestras for a total of  15,000 costumed & musical performers. Add to that the sound and supply trucks you get a parade that will take last from the ribbon cutting at 9.30 am with Jason Kinney, Michael Couteau and the Mayor to the end of the parade in Exhibition Place at 8 pm this evening.

The order of the bands (which we use in the king and queen competition and on the parade) is:

First Out Of The Chute:

  1. Durham Mass & Recreational Club
  2. D’Regulars Arts and Cultural Club
  3. Fantazia International
  4. Connections
  5. Carnival Revolution
  6. Tribal Carnival
  7. Carnival Nationz
  8. Toronto Revellers
  9. Louis Saldenah Mas-K Club

Factoids About the Parade

  • It takes 4-5 hours for a mas band to travel the entire parade route
  • Parade Route is 2.5  kms
  • Approximately 16,000 people will play mas in costume for 2015
  • 16 feathered plumes go into one headpiece
  • In 2010 it was estimated that 20 yards of fabric makes approximately 8 costumes. This year because some of the bands are so huge, the costumes that are being made have shrunk. It is how bare do you date and that 20 yards of fabric not make 12 costumes!

Impact of Caribana

  • The Festival is a big economic engine— $438 million, to be precise. That’s how much the festival injected into Ontario’s economy 5 years ago, most of which was ploughed into the GTA economy, according to an Ipsos Reid / Ryerson Economic Impact Study released. Due to inflation, the rising cost of hotels and services in Toronto, Tourism Toronto estimates that 2010 $438 million is in 2015, $458 million!
  • Last year the Province of Ontario’s Culture Ministry estimated that 1.1 million people attended all or part of the parade.  In addition to the people that come to Carnival,  hundreds of thousands of tourists, a majority of whom are Black Americans, come to take part in other events over the weekends including parties and concerts ranging from Fire Fete to Jambana.
  • 250,000 Americans will cross the border over the weekend.