Toronto Canada – Over a million people visit from near and far every year and the atmosphere of today’s milestone parade was as colourful as ever. The day started with a few rain showers, and a few feathers got wet, but spirits weren’t dampened.

Thousands took part in Saturday’s parade, from Toronto locals to travellers coming from as far away as USA, all of Canada, and everywhere in between.

They all shared ample enthusiasm for celebrating Caribbean culture.

“The great thing about Carnival is that there’s no judgment,” Kimberly King said, pointing out that the purpose of coming to the Grande Parade, for many, is to simply dance and celebrate.

King and her friends drove from Washington, DC on Friday. They had to sort out a couple of costume mishaps, but neither that, nor the prospect of rain dampened their spirits.

She said they made the decision to come to the event because Washington no longer hosts its own version of Caribbean Carnival.

Some took the opportunity to advocate for equity. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) members, passed out small “Black Lives Matter” signs to participants.

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