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Scene: Caribana’s Grand Parade

Thousands of performers, dancers, musicians, and spectators hit the streets for North America's largest Caribbean parade.

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PHOTOS BY: Giordano Ciampini, and contributors to the Torontoist Flickr pool

WHERE: From Exhibition Place and down Lake Shore Boulevard West, ending at Parkside Drive

WHEN: Saturday, August 2, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

WHAT: The Grand Parade that closes out Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival (still often referred to fondly and familiarly as Caribana) by entertaining thousands with competing Mas bands at the Ex before spilling out into the street and bringing music, floats, dancing, and eye-catching and elaborate costumes to the thousands lining the route. A parade has been held every year since 1967, and, as usual, the event drew plenty of out-of-town visitors—and plenty of politicians eager to join in the festivities. (The galley might just feature some familiar faces from the current municipal election campaign.)

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