Sunday, August 23, 2020
Starts at 3pm
Welcome to LINK Picnic Carnival Parade 2020!
Create your custom-made costume at home and record yourself dancing, singing, modeling and expressing yourself. Get family members to help. Show off your artistic style and send us the video, and pictures too. Go get busy! Start planning your costume today!
There are three trophies to win: Top Male Reveler, Top Female Reveler, and Top Mas Family.
Please send your high-resolution mp4 video file using this link:
Need some DIY ideas? Look into this PDF, or watch our video:
We have two contestants for the female trophy.
Congratulations! You both wins a patty from The Caribbean Kitchen in Kitchener!
Carnival is street theatre; a living opera; interesting; exciting; thrilling; collaborative and competitive.
The LINK Carnival Parade takes place at the park on the Sunday of the festival and allows families to interact with each other and increase their love for the music as they dance and “jump up” in the parade.
All ages can borrow one of our costumes by visiting mas(querade) camp to cut down on the rush to get a costume on parade day!
Carnival is a celebration for family, friends and community and is celebrated in over 100 countries. Costume designers and band leaders design costumes and select music to fit a theme they have developed. The themes, often social, artistic, fanciful or historical, are then paraded on the streets for everyone to enjoy. In Toronto, Canada, the celebration, formerly known as Caribana, is now called Toronto Caribbean Carnival. This carnival concept is taken from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago – originators of the steelpan instrument as well as the calypso, chutney and soca music styles. Each group (from a few members to thousands) in the carnival is called a mas band. The place where the dazzling costumes and extravagant large costumes (like floats) are designed and created is called the Mas Camp. “Mas” is short for masquerade.
All ages welcome to join the parade; It’s a family affair.
The boy and girl who shows the most carnival spirit takes home a trophy. (Top Male and Female Reveler)
And so does the Top Mas Family.
Trophies. All ages welcome.