Caribana is a celebration of West Indies cultures in Toronto.It is compromised of nearly a month of events in and around Toronto including festivals, balls, a parade and a Toronto Island feast/fest. Many of the events feature band music, lavishly decorated floats plus costumed festival goers. Nowhere are these elements mixed together with so much boldness and fun as in the Caribana Parade. 2009, despite the economic downturn, was no exception with more than half a million people showing up along the 2 1/2 mile parade along Lakeshore Boulevard.The Parade Wanders Down LakeShore BoulevardNow you know with West Indians putting on a show there will be a lot of bands, music and dancing. What Torontonians get with added muster are wonderfully crafted floats that dazzle the eye with fabulous colours and styling. Most of the floats have island themes and stories. But most fun of all they have a set of infectiously joyful float leaders pulling and twirling the floats along the parade route. Here is a sampler.