Caribana forced to fence in the fun

During past Caribana festivals, energetic parade-goers mingled withsteelpan drums and plumage as they followed their favourite mas bandsdown the street.

During past Caribana festivals, energetic parade-goers mingled with steelpan drums and plumage as they followed their favourite mas bands down the street.

But not this year.

Revellers planning to climb onto Lake Shore Boulevard to join the parade Saturday will be faced with bigger barricades and more security, designed to keep the spectators on one side and the masqueraders on the other. If organizers have their way, the single throng of sweaty, gyrating bodies will be no more.

Yesterday, 1.8-by-2.4-metre fences were being erected along Lake Shore in preparation of the weekend’s parade, part of the two-week long Scotiabank Caribana festival that drew 1.3 million people last year.

Caribana spokesperson Stephen Weir said the festival has used higher fences over the years to combat increasing problems with people joining the parade.

 
 
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