Monday, 30 July 2012

CARIBANA: LIKE CHRISTMAS BUT WITH LESS CLOTHES

I had a conversation with a neighbour today that led me to a shocking realization: Not everyone thinks the entire year revolves around Caribana. (Properly known as The Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival, but that's like pronouncing Queens Quay 'Queens Kway.' It instantly brands you an outsider.) 

WHAT I'LL WEAR TO CARIBANA:
THE LEADING CONTENDER
In truth I've just started looking,
so it's the only contender.
So this neighbour, who owns a landscaping business, was miffed because one of his workers wants Friday off. 
"Get this," he scoffed. "He wants to get ready for Caribana! Get his hair done, buy new clothes . . . It's ridiculous!"
"Well, actually, it's not," I said. "I'm taking Friday off for the very same reason. And Friday might not be enough."

If you've been to Caribana, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, you should change that. You don't have to be of Caribbean heritage, although it helps. I think my Brazilian roots have something to do with my fondness for it (they certainly explain my tendency to underdress and overparty), but really, anyone who likes a parade, good music, good food and the occasional celebrity sighting will love it.

Just remember: It is a fashion show and you are on the runway whether you like it or not. And now, the Getting Ready for My Caribana Closeup begins...

DAY ONE: SHOPPING FOR THE OUTFIT
Criteria: Must be skimpy, colorful and just this side of scandalous. 
Comfort: Optional
Price: Cheap, but totally deny it if asked.

*More Caribana stories here and here

*For more info, check out the official website at Toronto Caribbean Carnival