Dancing Through History

Many people participate in carnival celebrations every year but have no idea what the actual history is behind it. The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival (Caribana), first began in 1967 when the Canadian government asked the Caribbean community to get involved in the Centennial year. A select group of Caribbean individuals got together to develop and produce an event which would best portray a vision of Caribbean culture overall. In order to depict both the long- term and the more recent arrivals of the culture in Canada, they decided to utilize the model for the infamous carnival in Trinidad and Tobago. Caribana was then born in Toronto, and today it is known as a world-class spectacle.

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