There is nothing like three full weeks of culture-filled celebration featuring the most gorgeous masqueraders. With the infectious feel-good vibes of over a million attendees, you can expect all of the breathtaking pizzazz that the Toronto Carnival never fails to live up to. If you happen to be in Toronto in July, you’ll definitely not want to pass up Caribana — Canada’s celebration of Caribbean culture and traditions! 

After all, what’s a better way to liven up your summer than getting in on all the fun that this renowned, large-scale festival has to offer? Below you’ll find everything you need to know about playing mas in Toronto for Caribana.

How to play mas in Toronto for Caribana

Select Your Band

If you’re planning to play mas and join the parade, first you’ll need to decide which band you’d like to play with. There are a number of different bands to choose from. Our band, Sunlime Mas is known for its exceptional costume design, homey vibes and is great for first-time masqueraders and as well as out-of-towners. Regardless of which band you choose to play with it’s always a good idea to check out the bands’ history in the parade, as well as social media accounts for reviews from past masqueraders.

Play mas in Toronto Caribbean Carnival Parade
Register to play mas in Toronto for Caribana/Toronto Caribbean Carnival

Pick Your Costume & Registration

As a masquerader, you get to choose the costume you’d like to play in. Most bands release their costumes for Toronto Carnival in the Spring Months, band launches typically take place from March to May. Each band has what is called “Section Leaders”. Section Leaders operate like independent contractors and are responsible for the design, production, and delivery of costumes within their section. Once the band has launched its costumes for the season you are then able to purchase the costume of your choice directly from the section leader, typically online through the bands’ website. Once you have purchased your costume you are automatically considered registered for the parade.

Sunlime Mas - Costumes for Toronto Carnival 2022
Play mas in toronto caribana 2022

Costume Purchase Includes:
– Your Costume
– Wristband for parade day
– Food & Beverages

Carnival Costumes are hand-made to order, so naturally, costume prices range from $290 to $1000 and up, depending on the type of costume you choose (backline, midline, frontline, and ultra-frontline). Of course, you always have the option of upgrading your costume with add-ons. Costumes are typically ready for pick up the week of the parade, but it’s always best to check with your section leader directly for pickup times and location. Costumes are handmade to order and each section has limits on the number of masqueraders they can take on each year. As a result, costumes often sell out quickly once they’ve been released, so don’t delay!

Caribana Toronto costumes for women in 2022
Bright caribbean carnival costumes for Toronto Carnival 2022

Booking Accommodation

For nonlocals, it is strongly advised to plan early and start booking flights and hotels ahead of time. For such an iconic event, you can expect prices to go up fast the longer you wait. It is highly recommended to aim as close as possible to the ‘entertainment district,’ where most areas downtown is within walking distance or a short ride away. 

Ready to play mas at Toronto Carnival?
Get the most out of this spectacular festival that draws in millions from all over the world by jumping in the beautiful, colorful limelight of this carnival parade. Enjoy the vibrant street art performances, festivities, and all of the glitz and glam that comes with it! Sign up to register with Sunlime Mas for Toronto Carnival (Caribana) 2022.

Toronto carnival costumes for males and females