By Stephen Weir
Photographer and long-time film maker Jenny Baboolal will be talking about her environmental concerns around carnival celebrations at the Toronto Caribbean Carnival this year.
The launch traditionally held at Nathan Phillips Square usually attracts 5,000 to 10,000 fans who are interested in the Carnival Arts. The parade can attract up to a million spectators going gaga for all things Caribbean, the parade takes place on August 3rd and goes along Lakeshore Blvd.
“Everyone is aware of the climate change crisis and wants to make a difference,” Jenny Baboolal told the Caribbean Camera. She is going Green during Carnival and has already formed a Go Green Mas band that will be taking part in events throughout the summer.
“Our green masquerading band of revelers are here to promote the idea of being environmentally friendly whilst sharing and preserving the carnival traditions and engaging the community in a fun friendly way,” she continued. “On July 9th our group will be participating in the Carnival’s official launch held at Toronto City Hall.”
The masqueraders will be wearing costumes that will be predominantly green in colour and represent traditional carnival characters. They will be dancing and strutting their stuff to Caribbean music and rhythms. Environmentally friendly messaging will be featured on the costumes.
Parade day August 3, 2019 The “Going Green” masqueraders will be roving around Exhibition grounds during the day and not in the large parade of bands.
Baboolal hopes that fun loving, likeminded environmentally concerned revelers will don green and jump up with her. She can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org