CaribanaToronto.com: Your Guide to Toronto Caribana 2014
CARIBANA TORONTO 2014
Caribana Weekend: Thursday July 31st - Sunday August 3rd 2014
Caribana event tickets are now on sale and hotel packages are completely sold out. Remember to buy your tickets early, as prices will continue to increase and the most popular events sell out months in advance!
The 48th annual Caribana Toronto Festival is just around the corner and hundreds of Caribbean inspired events, classes and parties have been planned to mark to this year's festival. Toronto's Caribbean Caribana festival has grown exponentially since its start in 1967 and is currently North America’s largest cultural festival. What was once a three-day event has now grown into three weeks of celebration, absorbing most of the city with its infectious feel-good vibes.
Over a million tourists are expected in Toronto during the last week of July to experience everything Caribana has to offer. The beauty of Caribana in Toronto is the varied audience it attracts: everyone from families across Canada and the U.S, young singles looking for a good time, to celebrities throwing Caribana themed parties in clubs across Toronto.
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The Toronto Caribbean Carnival 2014 officially kicks off on Thursday July 10th with the Official Festival Launch at Nathan Phillips Square (Noon – 2pm). Thousands of people are expected to attend this Caribana event that will feature live music, an array of delicious Caribbean food (Jamaican, Trinidadian, Cuban), insightful art displays and theatrical performances that showcase Caribbean inspired life. If you can’t make it to this one, no need to worry, there will be over a hundred official and unofficial Caribbean events to see and experience such as Pan Alive (the highly entertaining steelpan competition), the Junior Carnival Parade and the King & Queen Competition - one of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival's craziest events has the leaders of the mas (masquerade) bands compete to win the title of King and Queen of the 2013 Caribana parade.
Toronto Caribana’s signature event is still, of course the parade itself being held Saturday, August 2nd 2014 at Exhibition Place & Lakeshore Boulevard (10am – 6pm). Over 10,000 masquerades will participate as they strut and dance down the 3.6 km Toronto stretch in elaborate costumes, set to the vibrant Caribbean beats of the famed mas bands.
It wouldn’t be a well rounded Caribana experience if you didn’t hit a Caribana party or two… or ten! This year, over 30 Caribana-nightlife events will take place during the parade weekend alone. From July 31st – August 3rd, get your drink and dance on as top North American DJ’s spin at exclusive club events, eat and dance aboard Festival Boat Cruises, check out live Soca, Calypso, dancehall, reggae and be sure to find one of several pumping street parties - sure to kick your Caribana weekend into high gear.
Let CaribanaToronto.com be your 2014 Caribana Festival Guide to all the daytime and nightlife events that are happening in Toronto!