Caribana Festival in Toronto
by Anna Dewinter
Toronto is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Canada and many people will visit during the summer when there is plenty to see and do. One of the events that takes place there each year is the Caribana Festival, which is a celebration of the traditions and culture of the Caribbean.
The festival brings in thousands of people each year and they come from all over the world to take part. This is considered to be the largest street festival in North America and the final parade attracts in excess of a million people.
Getting to Toronto is relatively easy from other countries as flights arrive at the international airport there each day from all over the world. Those who are staying in other parts of Canada may prefer to rent a car and enjoy some of beautiful scenery that the country has to offer.
No matter how visitors decided to get there, they will be able to enjoy a variety of different attractions at the Caribana Festival. These include Soca, Steel pan and Calypso music, and those taking part will be dressed in brightly colored and elaborate costumes, making the festival one of the brightest in the world and an experience that is not to be missed.
Those who opt to rent a car and make the trip to Toronto will be able to view much of the parade free of charge. Sections such as Lakeshore are free to the public, but there are viewing points such as Exhibition Place where visitors can see everything as it passes by where tickets are essential. These are affordable, which means that taking the whole family along will not break the bank. The parade takes up to six hours, so visitors certainly get their money’s worth.
Part of the festival is the King and Queen Show, and the festival itself takes place over several days, so no matter when visitors arrive they are sure to find something to see and do. However, there is much more to Toronto than the festival and those who decide to rent a car will be able to see much more of the city. Foodies will enjoy a visit to the St Lawrence Market, which is acclaimed as one of the top 25 in the world. The stalls in this particular market are reserved for gourmet producers and there are a number of lunch stalls where a tasty snack or meal can be ordered.
The Downtown area of the city is home to a number of museums and galleries, including the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Culture enthusiasts will enjoy the opportunity to find out more about the history of the region and see some locally produced art. Kids may not appreciate this though, so a trip to Toronto Zoo may be the order of the day. The work of the zoo has won a number of awards over the years and the 700+ acres of the site will keep families busy all day.
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