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It’s Caribbean Carnival time — online!

 

(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu)

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is one of Canada’s largest celebrations of freedom and diversity. It showcases the very best of Canadian Caribbean culture and arts.

The music, the costumes, the food and the grand parade are some of the ways people participate in celebrating Caribbean heritage and history in Canada. 

Have a look at what past celebrations have been like.


This year Caribbean Carnival is a little different. It’s virtual! 
And even though it’s online, there are still so many ways to party, have fun and express yourself from the comfort of your own home.


Party at home

Steel drum band
(Photo by Loozrboy licensed CC BY-SA 2.0

You can still jump up and wave in your living room, so why not throw your own virtual dance party with your friends and family. Make a playlist of steel pan bands, then grab a tea towel and show off your best moves and limbo to the sounds of your favourite reggae, soca or calypso songs.


Time to dress up!

Woman shows off huge decorative orange peacock-like costume
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Victor Biro)

If you miss seeing the beautiful costumes, head to your closet and pull out your favourite colourful pieces to wear. Represent your Caribbean heritage by wearing the colours of your country’s flag. Use beads, metallic pieces and feathers for a dramatic touch.


Show off your face painting skills

Black woman models beautiful face paint with feathers and lashes
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michelle Siu)

Paint your face with the cool colours of the Caribbean islands, or your favourite tropical animal. Make it sparkle or shine with glitter, gems or stickers.


All the foods, all the flavours

Fried plantains
(Photo by Elias Callejo licensed CC BY 2.0)

Missing the taste of (spicy!) island food? Support your favourite local Caribbean restaurant by getting take-out, or recreate your favourite Caribbean recipe with the help of your parents and siblings at home. Caribbean food is so rich in flavour! From plantain chips to rice and peas, or Jamaican patties and roti, anything you choose will be delicious.


Plan a parade route

Child holds flag and watches parade approach him
(THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrien Veczan)

Be your own junior masquerader and plan your own parade route. You can march and dance from your bedroom to the kitchen. Grab a whistle, a towel or a flag and make some noise! And don't forget to crown a king or queen.

 


Feather illustration by jemastock/123RF; tropical foliage illustration by macrovector/123RF