Over 400,000 at 2012 Caribbean Carnival in Toronto – Video & Photos
They came like Frisbees, flying through the air and into the eager hands of adults and children alike: red beaded necklaces, being flung out and hung around the necks of most who lined Lake Shore Blvd. W. to watch the city’s 45th annual Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival.
A woman who looked to be in her 60s leapt into the air for her necklace, giggling like a little girl and clutching it tightly.
As the mas bands began appearing, another grey-haired woman began gyrating her hips and shaking her shoulders back and forth in time with the music.
Whether it’s the half-naked attire of the performers, the blaring soca music or the sweltering heat, something about the annual Caribbean festival unleashes Toronto spirits like no other event.
The largest festival of its kind in North America, the Carnival had drawn more than 400,000 people by mid-afternoon, according to an event volunteer, and the numbers for the festival overall were expected to climb to over a million.