The Roots Collection 2022
Welcome to ROOTS, our 2022 guiding theme for this year's presentation at this year's 55th Annual Toronto Caribbean Carnival on Saturday, July 30th!
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"Through this flesh, which is us, we are you and you are us!" - Roots by Alex Haley
From our ancestral lineage to the literal ROOTS of the trees that protect and provide on the land we now call home. The Roots Collection consists of five (5) sections or sub-themes that tell our stories and pay homage to the MANY LANDS, we call home.
Led by Esie Mensah, BLOOM exudes style, creativity, and regeneration. To bloom is to produce or yield flowers. In this lightweight, SugaCayne design, you will blossom into your fullness on di road
Led by Dancehall Queen, Stacy "Jukeboxx" Letrice, come and express yourself in all your glory! With a salute to your CROWN aka Black hair. It is unique, special, and something to be proud of. The texture of our hair is different, and historically, we, as Black people, have struggled with our identity and the things that set us apart. We've been made to feel ashamed of our hair and our bodies in their natural state. Over time, systemic oppression has deemed our hair as improper, unhygenic, and has limited our access to outlets to express ourselves in most professional environments. Now, we as Black people, are accepting our natural hair and its beauty as a vital part of our identity. TiME WE FIX OUR CROWN!
When the huge glaciers of the last ice age receded, birch trees would have been one of the first to re-populate the rocky, ice-scoured landscape. Hence, ecologists refer to birch as a pioneer species. Birch is also a tree of beginnings and came to symbolize renewal and purification.
Led by Dreyser Garcia and his Drey Dance Academy, SYRUP will have you moving from start to end while keeping sweet like Syrup. Famous as the source of maple syrup, sugar maples can reach 80 feet or higher, with a spread of up to 60 feet. Their fall foliage ranges from yellow to orange to red, which contrasts beautifully with the dark grey trunk and branches.