it says a lot about the festivalwhen you dial up www.caribana.com and find a dead page. Flyers rule at Caribana. If you really want to know what's going on at the dozens of unofficial parties, boat cruises, dancehall throwdowns and back-a-yard cookouts this long weekend, go to your favourite Caribbean restaurant, record store or barber shop and shuffle through the stacks of flyers piled up on the table.
For an event where some of the best things come together at the last minute and are promoted by word of mouth, online promotion often seems like an afterthought if it happens at all. Those who take the time to put their Caribana plans or parties on the Web usually do it right, though.
The last thing you want to be at Caribana is unprepared. Knowing the top sound systems and the song and dance of the year can save you 'nuff embarrassment in the hot sun.
These sites can help you make the best of Caribana and ensure you jump an' wine like a pro, seen?
Not what it looks like. This is the home of Caribana Bananas, which sounds like the name of a party but is actually exactly what it sounds like.
The official Caribana site. Every single mention of the fest is followed by a trademark sign, and in the spirit of folks protecting their investment, no risks are taken. There's a sketchy map of the parade route, bare-bones info on the bands performing and a few more basic festival details.
Colourful home of the Toronto mas massive. You can buy day-glo parade costumes, check out their plans for Caribana 2001 and listen to some of the road songs that are sure to be played at top volume.
The Toronto soca sound system and mas crew have big plans for Caribana 2001, including parties all over the city all weekend long. Get the low-down on the parties that matter and check out some exclusive soca dub plates and remixes while you're here.
Some joker's hilarious dos and don'ts list for people trying to meet that special someone during Caribana. Example: "Don't rock shiny clothes." Nuff said.
The regally named Kingdom of Soca, which includes sound crews Dr Jay De Soca Prince, Court Jester and D'Bandit, also has a full schedule for Caribana 2001, apparently playing several parties at once. They'll be hard to miss this weekend.
Still the best calypso show online, the fabulously named Calypso Tent Of The Air plays the giants and the newcomers, putting all the music into context and also giving you the music news from Trinidad and beyond.
If you're at the Caribana parade, chances are you'll eat some food cooked in a barrel on the side of the road. You might not have your own oil drum, but here you can learn how to whip up roti, rum cake, blaff and curried goat like a pro.