Glitter, feathers, happy people, and lots and lots of dancing. This is my idea of a perfect birthday present and that’s exactly what I experienced over the weekend. Toronto’s Caribbean Carnival is the largest outdoor festival in North America. The city of Toronto comes alive with the sounds of Calypso, Soca, Salsa, Zouk, Reggae, Chutney, Steel Pan and Brass Bands. This event has been on my bucket list for ages. I have always been a huge fan of Caribbean music. As a child I grew up listening to reggae and over time fell in love with Soca music. When I tell you, I dance every single day… EVERY SINGLE DAY. I really wanted to cross somethings off my never-ending bucket/goal list this year. I mentioned in a previous post that I was crossing something of the list and it would be “colorful” well this was it.
Playing Mas is officially off the list! (Insert slow wine) I had the pleasure of doing just that this weekend by playing Mas in this year’s carnival. I’ve always wanted to wear the big feathers and celebrate the coming together of other cultures. It’s so much more to Carnival then the customs but for the sake of today’s post let’s just say it’s been a dream of mine for many years. The band I played Mas with was called Carnival Nationz. Within this band there a multiple section themes and my section had the theme Hero. You can see the differences with the customs that are worn by each section. It’s such a beautiful display of color. This is an actual judged event in which each band is judged on customs and creativity of themes. Carnival Nationz is the reigning champion for the last 8 years and I had the pleasure of playing with them this year. Below is a mini clip of me having a good time with my boo thang Alyssa as well a few pictures from the parade. Also if you would like to get more information on this event click HERE for more information. What are you looking to cross of your goal list this year? I would love to hear from you. XO