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.
Carnival time is one not to be taken lightly in Toronto’s Caribbean community, and if you’ve ever been – you know exactly why. It is an event so spectacular, and so entertaining, that over a million people flock from all over Canada, the US, and even overseas just to unite in what’s known today as the largest North American cultural festival.