Toronto’s Lakeshore was a sea of cosmic feathers, dazzling sequins and glistening glitter this past weekend as the city celebrated Caribana – now formally known as The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival.
The event is one of the city’s major tourism attractions and visitors from all over the world flock to the 6ix to be a part of the jumping, waving, wining and palancing madness.
Besides the name change, several other new rules have been implemented to maintain order during the parade. Though these new and ever-growing implementations put a slight damper on the festivities, spirits remained jubilant. After all, dem cyant stop di vibe.
As such, this year we decided to do snapshot portraits of 12 of the most interesting people we met at Carnival. Photographer Janelle Scott-Johnson captured their portraits, while Writer Sadé Powell listened to their stories.
Editor’s Note (August 12, 2015): This story has been updated to reflect an inaccuracy in the name of the Silhouettes band.