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A member of the Durham Mas on stage for the band's launch party. Mas bands are considered the most important element of the parade.
Durham Mas band leader Jerrol Augustine works on the final details of a costume. Jerrol, a originally from Trinidad, is one of the founders of Durham Mas.
Junior masqueraders peek through the curtains moments before going on stage for the children's launch party. The junior parade, which was created in 1977, is meant to inspire the next generation of mas players. It usually happens two weeks before the main parade and the little ones have 3-4 hours to cover 1km.
Builder Melvin Singh welds the structure for one of the big costumes (aka floats) Mas-K Club will be parading. "We do this for the love of carnival" said Singh who like so many others is also a volunteer. Mas-K is one of the 11 bands that took part in the 2017 Grand Parade.
Masqueraders take part in a photo session with the new costumes they will be wearing during the Grand Parade.
A volunteer makes headdresses at Fantazia Mas camp. In the months prior to the parade work inside the mas camps is non-stop.
Volunteers Emilsa Sealy (right) and Emily Flude work on the final details of a dress that will be used by a member of the Aristokids section of the Durham Mas, Scarborough, Saturday July 9, 2017.
Masqueraders of Fantazia Carnival Mas moments before going on stage for the band's launch party.
Band leader Will Morton instructs members of Fantazia Carnival Mas on stage during the band's launch party, Saturday. A native of Nevis, a small island in the Caribbean, Morton, had a successful career as a designer working for other bands. In 2009, he and his wife, Annalisa, decided to create Fantazia Carnival Mas.
Michelle Reyes, works on the Queen costume she will wear during the parade. The grade 1 teacher will be playing mas as Queen for Mas-K Club. "The feeling of being part of something big and the strong sense of community is what makes so many people volunteer their time for the carnival."
Curtis Eustace (top of ladder) and his team of builders assemble the structure that will hold one of the costumes of Mas-K Club. A Trinidad native, Eustace is considered a legend in the business and spends great part of the year traveling to participate in other carnivals.
A contestant tries out part of his costume moments before the start of the King & Queen competition which takes place two days before the Grand Parade.
A contestant tries out a float moments before the start of the King & Queen competition.
Smiles are everywhere moments before the start of the King & Queen competition as part of the Toronto Caribbean Carnival celebrations.
Masqueraders wait for the start of the Grand Parade. Thousands of masqueraders take part in the Grand Parade every year.
A masquerader dances during the parade, Saturday. The carnival is also a great source of pride for the Caribbean community living in Toronto.
Mas bands ‘play mas’ competing against other each other as they parade. The parade can last up to 10 hours and is followed by a street party.
As the parade approaches its end, two mas players are seen resting or perhaps saving up some energy for the last few hours of mas playing.