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By EWALT (WALTIE) AINSWORTH                    07 05 2011

CARIBANNA is essentially the Canadian version of CARIFESTA.  The Caribbean Festival of the Arts, showcasing the artesian skills, the culture,  the music, the wining, the grinding, the smoking, the sexting, the drinking and the eating of the halaal-beef wraps.  It is a perennial love fest between and among the host country, the deep seated Caribbean and the interlocking communities in multi-racial, multi-ethnic Toronto.

Caribbean people live each day counting down for the next Caribanna, planning, scheming, thinking what they will wear, how they look and how it-go-look off Young street or in the playpen now designated to maintain law and order.

Caribanna is the mecca for typee.  Big men, proud men, loud men,  sleep and come while others come and sleep so that they will not miss a event, eyeballing and trying to figure out who is who and whose they are.  Some men come to integrate, others to gyrate while another set, come packing.  Caribanna was never meant to be a proving ground or an arena for settling old scores.  It is about we and how-we-do what we do.  It is about the scholarship, turning the rejections and recessions into new vistas and avenues for change. Over the decades, scores of careers have been launched and cottage industries established.  The secret is about your net worth is influenced by your network.   Continue reading