Caribbean Carnival parade a hit in Toronto

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival makes its way through Exhibition Place on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014....

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival makes its way through Exhibition Place on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (Veronica Henri/QMI Agency)

ANGELA HENNESSY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

The Caribbean Carnival grand parade was alive with love, colour and dancing in the streets.

“This is where you feel like you are at home and it’s just the spirit of feeling free and alive,” said reveller Shelly Williams as she danced on the sidelines of the parade. “You are connected to everyone around you and it’s a really great feeling.”

The parade went off without a hitch Saturday as thousands lined the Lake Shore Blvd. route to get a glimpse of the glitter-filled procession as it passed.


Images from the parade

More than 15,000 performers got moving shortly after 9 a.m. at Exhibition Place and made their way west to Parkside Dr.

Williams, who was born in Nicaragua, came to Toronto from New York City with several friends and family on Wednesday to take part in this week’s festivities, the largest festival of its kind in North America. This was her sixth time coming to the the event, which is in its 47th year. She said it’s the best time for her family to get together and celebrate their heritage.

“This is really something, with all these costumes and energy, it’s on another level.”

Floats were decked out in everything from feathers to brass instruments to giant Caribbean-style masks.

Music pounded off the floats as they passed and thousands of dancers went full force, moving to the Caribbean beat that had the streets vibrating.

“It’s euphoria,” one dancer -- decked-out in large purple feathers and a seashell bra -- shouted out as she passed by a crowd of onlookers.

The parade, which followed 3.5-km route, ended at 6 p.m. and led into the nighttime carnival celebrations throughout the city.

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Caribbean Carnival Parade Map

 


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