What to bring to the Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival
H20: Drink plenty of water and stay in the shade to avoid heat stroke. Check the weather forecast for updates.
Sun Block: Use generously. Follow the recommended dosage.
A Hat or Visor: Proper headgear will also help stave of heat stroke and protect your eyes and head.
Shades: UV rays are harmful to your eyes. Be sure to wear sunglasses with UV protection.
A camera: Whether it's a HD Camcorder or a $5 disposable, you won't want to miss a moment. Capture all the breath taking Toronto Carnival costumes.
A whistle and Flag: Whistle along to the beat and wave your flag in the air. A rag also comes in handy for soaking up sweat after all that whistling and waving.
An umbrella: Rain or shine, this is going to come in handy.
Fold up chairs or a blanket: There isn't much seating on the parade route and you WILL get fatigued at some point. Especially if like most people you were out partying till six in the morning.
Comfortable shoes: Be ready for a day of walking, dancing, jumping and more walking. Save the heels for the clubs.
Your appetite: Outside of the Caribbean, Toronto is the best place on earth to enjoy authentic island cuisine. There are literally dozens of vendors who can satisfy your craving for roti or jerk chicken.
Travel Pack: You should bring a small bag to hold money and valuables, extra tissue in case portable toilet are out and any other essentials you may need.
Buddy System: The crowd there can be overwhelming and cell phone reception tends to be dismal on the parade route. Make sure to keep close contact with friends and set up meeting places if you get split up. It's not uncommon to arrive with someone only to not see him or her until well after the parade! If you're traveling with children then make sure they know where to go if they get lost. Or better yet, have them tethered to you at all times!