Saturday 5 December, 2020

Canada PM announces virtual Caribana

With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of festivities around the world, efforts are being taken by some, to celebrate in the safety of ones' home.

This is the case for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival better known as Caribana.

The event usually takes place between July and August and celebrates the Caribbean diaspora.

In an address to the nation on Friday, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the highly-anticipated event will take place virtually.

"Unfortunately, we won't be able to celebrate like we usually do with a grand parade of masqueraders in colourful costumes and steelpan bands making their way along Lakeshore but thanks to the hard work of the organisers, band leaders, performers and dedicated volunteers, this year's Carnival is coming to you virtually."

Trudeau also recommitted to creating an equal environment for immigrants who hail from the region.

"With nearly a million people of Caribbean origin living in our country, Canadians of Caribbean descent have greatly contributed to our success story and Carnival is an opportunity for us all to celebrate your rich and vibrant cultures and your impact on Canada's cultural mosaic. Now, as we celebrate this year's event, I want to be clear; our Government will always stand with you and take action to dismantle barriers and to create a more equitable society. My friends, there's a lot more work to do on this and we're committed to continuing to work with you. So today, and throughout the month of July, we're going to recognise your history as we celebrate our diversity and celebrate the talented designers, artists, musicians, pannists and Calypsonians." 

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