August 2, 2014 2:53 pm
Updated: August 3, 2014 6:52 am

Parade marked highlight of Ontario Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival

WATCH ABOVE: The festival debuted 47 years ago, and while the outfits may have changed the proud display of culture remains.  

TORONTO – The annual parade highlighted Toronto’s Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Saturday. It featured colourful costumes, upbeat music and dancing in the streets.

Commonly called Caribana, the event is in its 47th year, billing itself an “explosion of Caribbean cuisine, music, revelry as well as visual and performing arts.”

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The parade is the marquee event of the three-week festival and winds along a 3-1/2-kilometre stretch of Toronto’s Lakeshore Boulevard.

WATCH: Caribana kicks off its 47th year in Toronto

A spokesman says the festival has improved safety after the death of a Mississauga, Ont., teenager who was run over by a float at last year’s parade.

Stephen Weir says the trucks are now equipped with protective skirts.

He says the parade celebrates the end of slavery in the Caribbean, and the simple joy of freely walking down the street.

Below are images of the Caribbean Carnival:

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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