If you happened to hear the melodious sounds of the steel pan this weekend, it was probably coming from Toronto. Every year thousands of people gather in Toronto’s Lakeshore West neighbourhood for the biggest street party of the summer, The Scotia Bank Caribbean Carnival. Folks come from all over the world to take part in the festival. The handsome men and beautiful women decorate their bodies in glitter, bejeweled costumes and elaborate head-dresses, while whining their waists to the Soca and Calypso rhythms. Some of the larger costumes like the ones seen below, are very intricate and take months to make before the big reveal.
Can’t say I was in perfect form this weekend, as clean eating was not on the agenda. On the parade route, you just buy the delicious, delectable food that is available (and usually pretty high in fat.) However, it was a time to be free, have fun and enjoy life, so I felt just fine with giving myself a pass this weekend.