Four on the Road
Fantazia Junior Launch Was Fantaztic
By Stephen Weir, photographs by Don Moreland
For the kiddies who play Mas with Fantazia Carnival, the elements aren’t hurricanes and volcanoes; they are gentle breezes, friendly sunsets and warm blue water. On the weekend the Fantazia Carnival held a launch party for junior revelers – the children that will be taking part in the July 21 Junior Carnival Parade.
Will Morton, driving force behind Fantazia, has long been known for the uniqueness and beauty of the costumes. This year he has chosen the Elements, as the inspiration for the costumes that will be worn on the road, be it the Kiddies Parade or Toronto Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade for adults on August 4th.
When it comes to the adults, the costumes based on ice, fire, wind and water, are sexy, basically being more feathers than fabric. With the kids it is different. The costumes for the children are both modest and comfortable. What made this year’s costumes standout are colours and patterns of the cloth, the angel wings and the feathers.
There were three sections showing at the late Saturday afternoon show and party. The children modeling for the Elements of Mineral section wore red-violet shorts and tops, brightly coloured metallic belts and necklaces and capped off with headgear made with two shades of dyed violet feathers.
Elements of Time used green and lime coloured tops and shorts that cover both the chests and lower body. Elements of Magic, the third section showing Psychedelic coloured shorts and tops, headbands and feathers.
The junior Carnival Parade is being held on the road near Malvern and Neilson Parks in Scarborough. The parade kicks off at 11 am with Fantazia being the fourth of eleven bands scheduled to go out on the road.
The Elements Kiddies launch was held inside Fantazia’s show room and production area. The camp is located at 3895 McNicoll in Scarborough.