Caribana gets set to jump up
The Scotiabank Caribana festival bursts onto Lake Shore Boulevard WestSaturday with thousands of bedazzled masqueraders and many morespectators getting down to calypso, soca and steelpan beats.
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.