Who are Caribana’s true winners?
Re Clifton Joseph’s Bittersweet Look Back At Caribana (NOW, August 3-16).
I first experienced the Caribana parade in 1984 when I was visiting Toronto and attended with my uncle. I moved to Toronto in 1989 and have attended the parade every year since jumping up behind the bands just as I did while I was growing up on a small island in the Caribbean. Of my last 27 years attending the parade, the last three years have been the worst.
What was started in 1967 as a way to present Caribbean culture has turned into a flop for those of us who grew up in the Caribbean.
No longer is Caribana meant to present Caribbean cultural expression. What it has devolved into is a way to pump money into Toronto’s economy. The true winners are the white-owned corporations who pay taxes to the City.
What we saw on August 5, 2017 was not fit to be called Carnival. It lacked entertainment, imagination, the list goes on. Think, Black people. Think.
John Richards Toronto