Just yesterday, I booked a room in Toronto, Canada (never been; have you? so excited!) using some of the 200,000 Wyndham Rewards points I won in the Women on Their Way by Wyndham Worldwide Local Nation Contest. Guess what that means? It means I'm going to the 44th annual Caribana Toronto Festival! Wahoooooo!
Caribana is the largest Caribbean cultural festival in North America drawing over 1,000,000 people. That's a lot of folks. Based on Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago, I was inspired to check it all out after learning that there's a Wyndham property located directly on the parade route (Howard Johnson's on Lakeshore). #waytogowyndham
And since I like to dig (as in research), I also got the skinny on some of the details about Caribana which, as you might imagine, has tons activities during its three week festival run. My digging turned up sooo much exciting information! I even found the Official Guide for 2010. But as I surfed and clicked and clicked and surfed, I also ended up clicking on Mas bands. Wait. Mas what? What the heck's a Mas? Well here's how Bill Casselman defines it:
|Trinidad & Tobago Carnival|
Ooooooh. So I have been seeing mas and didn't know it. Now that I know what it is, I want to be a part of it all. *Grin*
|Mas Toronto 2010|
courtesy of M. DeLeon
I'm going to be in Caribana! (I haven't been in a parade since *thinking* I was 9 years old in the Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade singing Michael Jackson Christmas songs wearing my cute little elf outfit. And I was excited about that too!) I'll tell you more when I know more...but isn't this great?!?
In the meantime, Mark says that Mas Toronto is "in the process of putting together another spectacular presentation. We have a great theme and fantastic costume designs. We plan to reveal the costumes to the public at our band launch which takes place on May 13. After the band launch the costumes will be loaded on to our website - MasToronto.com. The website is currently under construction to allow us to work on the 2011 materials. It should be up and running again in the next 3 weeks."
|Mas Toronto 2010|
You know what? This is gonna be Fun! Have you ever been to a big Carnival?