On Saturday, August 3rd, the big day finally arrived… The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade! The parade is the marquee event for the three week the cultural festival and is a showcase of the efforts of months of preparation from the various mas and steel pan bands.
Bright and early, masqueraders and pannists headed towards exhibition place to meet their band within the assembly area. The parade began at 10:00am with Connections Mastume Band crossing the stage first, followed by an ordered procession of the bands which concluded with D’Regulars Band crossing the stage and judging area and making their way down the Lakeshore around 5pm.
Annually, the Grand Parade draws thousands of spectators. This year many spectators utilized the designated and controlled viewing areas that were partitioned by the event organizers, to take in the sights and sounds of the parade. With the sounds of the steel pan and beat of rhythm section pulsating through the air, you could hear and feel the rhythm of the Caribbean. Looking like they were having a blast, masqueraders smiled, danced and waved to the music, as they made their way down the parade route.
In addition being a showcase of the beautiful and elaborate mas creations, the Grand Parade is also a competition for Toronto Mas Bands. Each band portrayed a theme, which was reflected in the masquerader costumes and also the King, Queen and Individual mas creations. Crossing the stage is not only the time when masqueraders get to play their mas in full glory; it is also the time when each band is judged on their overall presentation of the theme. The preliminary unofficial results of yesterday’s parade include:
1. Saldenah Mas Band
2. Carnival Nationz
3. Toronto Revellers
4. Tribal Carnival
The results list will be updated as more information becomes available.
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