The Scotiabank Caribana festival bursts onto Lake Shore Boulevard West Saturday with thousands of bedazzled masqueraders and many more spectators getting down to calypso, soca and steelpan beats.

The two-week carnival is an annual undertaking of epic proportions, and organizers are running off their feet to get ready for this weekend’s climax — Saturday’s parade and the following events at Ontario Place and Lamport Stadium.

The numbers say it all.

• 10,000 costumes
• 75 — percentage?of mas-queraders wearing some kind of plumage
• 3.6 kilometres of parade route
• Four — the number of hours it takes for a mas band to travel the whole way
• 80 food vendors selling items like jerk chicken, oxtail and curried goat
• 50 works of art in the Royal Ontario Museum’s Beyond the Rhythm: Caribana Art Exhibit, running until Aug. 3
• 42 years of Caribana
• 1 million parade spectators
• 36 bands in this year’s parade, including 12 steel bands, 15 mas competing bands and nine guest bands
• 1,500 costumed children in Caribana’s Junior Carnival on July 18
• 260 security guards hired by the Festival Management Committee to dot Lake Shore Boulevard West (not including police officers and each band’s individual security?team)
• 30-40 — the percentage of Caribana-goers who flock to Toronto from outside the country, coming from as far as the U.K. and Trinidad and Tobago
• 10 — the age of the youngest official performer in the parade
• 75 — the oldest performer
• 250 volunteers
• $350 million in economic activity generated by the Caribana festival last year
• $2.9 million — the operating budget this year
• $30-$150 — Approximate price for a regular masquerader’s costume
• $2,000- $10,000 — Approximate price for male and female individual and King and Queen costumes, magnificent feats of engineering decorated with feathers, sequins, glitter and fish netting.

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