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Your Guide To Caribana’s Scorching 2017 Festivities

JODY ANDERSON

photo credit: getty

Caribana might be chaotic and sweaty, but it’s guaranteed to be a good time. The big weekend takes place between August 5-7, 2017 and brings in thousands of tourists for two days riddled with all-day parties on the waters of the Toronto Harbour. But celebrating Caribana season starts weeks before then. Cover your weaves and wear your cutest bawty shorts because the month-long celebration has a lot in store.

 

Junior Carnival & Family Day

Saturday, July 22 11 am – 8 pm Parade starts at Malvern Community Centre, 30 Sewells Rd
Ends at Neilson Park  1555 Neilson Rd

This is for all the little kiddies who like to dress up and dance without the hustle and bustle of the grander parade. At 10:45 am 11 Mas Camps (individual groups with their own signature costumes) will walk the streets of Malvern, from Neilson Road to Neilson Park. Families and friends can stop to enjoy performances by Ontario’s Steelpan Association and get some food and play games until 8 pm. The event is free to attend so jump in the line during the parade or meet at the park for good vibes.

image credit: getty

 

Foam Wet Fete Party or Sunshower Fete

Sunshower Fete: Saturday, Aug 6 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, 2180 Lawrence Avenue East, Foam Wet Fete Party: Friday, August 4 10 pm – 3 am,  82 Peter Street

Remember when we said to cover your weaves? Well, we meant it. The best Caribana events are the ones with water trucks and water guns blasting at your feet while you’re bubbling circles around your girlfriends. You’ll find a bunch throughout the GTA, including Foam Wet Fete Party, but we recommend the Sunshower Fete for some sun and hoses to rain on you and all your friends.

 

J’ouvert

Friday, August 4 10 pm – 2 am, Bella Gardens (12700 Jane St)

J’ouvert is a wild post-Caribana celebration that’s held at Bella Gardens just north of Toronto. This event is an absolute must. Release your inhibitions by combining the rhythmic tunes of soca and reggae with oil, paint and water trucks. The event goes on from 10 pm till 2 am. We recommend wearing clothes you don’t plan to wear ever again or don’t mind getting dirty.

J’ouvert Carnival at Crown Heights – image credit: getty

 

Cruise

Toronto waters aren’t as glistening as the West Indies seas, but these cruises are still a good time to bust a whine on a boat and catch a refreshing breeze. You’ll find that there are plenty of options so to help narrow it down, we suggest the Blue and White on August 4 from 2 pm to 6 pm. or dancing on a boat right after whining yourself up at the parade at Wine N’ Kotch 2 at 9 pm.

 

Caribana Parade

Saturday, August 5 10 am – 9 am, Exhibition Place (15 Saskatchewan Road)

As usual, we’ve saved the best for last. Caribana parade is on Saturday, August 5 and starts at 10 am at the Exhibition Place where Mas Bands whine their way along Lakeshore Boulevard. Parade goers can join in and or chill along the sidelines and check out the moving soca party. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes, bringing water bottles and not standing too close to the floats because it gets super crowded.

 

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