Is Former Caribana a Victim of “Cultural Racism” in Canada?
Caribana, the celebration of Caribbean culture that brings more than a million people to the streets of Toronto each summer, has a new name. The 44th annual event will now be known as the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto.
Some are arguing that Caribana is being treated like a “cultural outsider” by the different levels of Canadian government. The festival has the largest economic impact but is receiving the least amount of financial support. An Ipsos Reid study released last April showed Caribana generated $483 million for the provincial economy in 2009, drawing about 1.2 million festival-goers, including 300,000 from outside the country, and helped fill 85 percent of Toronto’s hotel rooms.