5 events to check out at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival this weekend

Aug 1 2018, 2:58 pm

If one thing’s for certain, the Toronto Caribbean Carnival completes summer in the 6ix.

Caribana, as it was formally known, has always been one of the biggest cultural festivals the city experiences in the summer.

From the Soca rhythms to the extravagant, colourful costumes, The Toronto Caribbean Carnival continues this weekend.

And while the festivities officially kicked off on July 7, here are some of the best upcoming events to check out before Carnival is over.

Lighting of the CN Tower

This event recognizes the Emancipation of Slavery and will commemorate this event with the lighting up of the CN tower along with the annual Underground Railroad event organized by A Different Booklist.

When: Wednesday, August 1
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Where: Roundhouse Park

King and Queen Showcase

Male and female performers embody and showcase the creative work of the talented artists, designers, and costume builders. The Kings, the Queens, and individuals of the Carnival bands will unveil their elaborately themed costumes highlighting the creative minds and imagination of the designers. The Ontario Science Center will present the Innovation in Mas award for the engineering, construction, design, and best environmental use of material in a costume. Come check it out. Grab your tickets here.

When: Thursday, August 2
Time: 7 pm to 12 am
Where: Allan Lamport Stadium, 1155 King St., West

Flare Breakfast Party

If you’re looking to get an early start on the weekend’s festivities, you enjoy some morning eats at the Flare Breakfast Party, which will be taking place at the Toronto Event Centre.

When: Friday, August 3
Time: 11 am to 12 am
Where: Toronto Event Centre

Pan Alive

This Friday, Toronto will be treated to some of North America’s best live Caribbean flavoured percussion and steel drumming as a number of bands will be competing for the title of Best Steel Band.

When: Friday, August 3
Time: 7 pm to 12 am
Where: Allan Lamport Stadium

Grande Parade 2018

Easily one of the year’s biggest parties in the city, the Grand Parade at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is arguably one of the summer’s largest attractions. International and national visitors head to the streets to witness the live performances, colourful costumes, music, and the giant party that is a highlight of the festival each year. Grab your tickets here.

When: Saturday, August 4
Time: 8:30 am to 8:30 pm
Where: Exhibition Place, 100 Princes’ Blvd

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