July is National Minority Health Awareness Month, which strives to bring awareness to the struggles that minority communities face in regard to mental health. This upcoming weekend is Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival where we celebrate the freedom and culture of Caribbean communities.

After two long years of cancellations due to Covid-19, Toronto Caribbean Carnival is back and ready to see Torontonians back out #OnDeRoadAgain! This year marks 55 years of celebrating the Grande Parade, which was gifted to Canada by the Caribbean Community. During the parade we see the Caribbean tradition of parading on the road in celebration of the freedom and emancipation from slavery. Every year the Toronto Caribbean Carnival is celebrated on what is known as Emancipation Day weekend in Canada.

If you are looking for something to do this weekend grab your #famalay and take a trip down to Exhibition Place on Saturday July 30th, 2022, to view the Grande Parade. Watch as masqueraders take to the road preforming all day! Immerse yourself in Caribbean culture as you enjoy live performances, food, and drinks! Who knows, you may even spot some soca artists out and about. Remember to stay safe and respect the rules of the road if you head down to the Grande Parade.

Here are some fun things to do this year at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival!

Attend the Day Life Event

Start the Carnival weekend in heart of Downtown Toronto at one of Toronto’s largest patios. Have some good drinks and food while enjoying the art in music around you! Click here or more information!

Attend OSA: Pan Alive

Brought to by the Ontario Steel pan Association. Pan Alive is back and ready to present Toronto’s passionate steel pan performers promoting and preserving the cultural musical art-form. Get ready to be amazed with a night filled music and live performances. Grab some friends and come down to Lamport Stadium on July 29, 2022 for a night of musical indulgence. Click here for more information.

Take part in Carnival Flavours

Another great event to attend is the Carnival Flavours event! It will feature food and drinks from many different Caribbean islands. Come down to Stanley Barracks, Hotel X this Sunday and enjoy some amazing culinary delights! Click here for more information.

Attend the Grand Parade Central

Start your Saturday bright and early at the Grand Parade Central.  Kick off the fun at Exhibition Place. The parade is all about celebrating 55 years of Freedom and Culture with over 10,000 masqueraders performing in this all-day event, featuring additional live performances, food, and drinks. You can join in the fun for free along the shore, or you can purchase tickets for the ultimate carnival experience.  Click here for more information.

However, you decide to celebrate the Carnival weekend, remember to stay safe, stay hydrated and have fun!

 

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