400 plus strong, Guardian Angels owned the road!  The section which was designed by Candice Narinesingh was the first to sell out at Tribal Carnival (formerly Tribal Knights) and it was also the section to lead the band at both stages for Toronto Carnival.  And I know why.  Guardian Angels masqueraders came out to play play play play... I had pegged Guardian Angels as one of my favourite costumes for Caribana 2014.  With it's orange and pink feathers and the heavily decorated bra and belt I knew it was going to be a winner with masqueraders.  So I can tell you that I was thrilled to play with them! Costume pick up was smooth.  Candice's husband, Rich, took care of us and we had no issues whatsoever with costume collection.  There was a line when we arrived on the designated date but it moved at an acceptable pace.  While in line, a fella dropped one of the jeweled belts on the floor and to my surprise not one bead fell off!  That is workmanship!
Our friends from the costume collection line.  Hi ladies!

Our friends from the costume collection line. Hi ladies!

And then it was just to prepare for the road on Saturday.  I was very lucky to have 2 special little girls help me get ready for the parade.  They came over on Friday.  Each glittered one sneaker and applied nail polish for me.  Asta did my left hand and right sneaker and Shreya did my right hand and left sneaker.  Thank you ladies, you were amazing! We arrived at the CNE grounds just before 8am and met up with the incredible Nikki D who did my makeup.  As always, she made me look my best and the makeup stayed on ALL DAY.  If you have not had your Carnival makeup done by Nikki D as yet you are missing out.  I have already booked my spot for Toronto Carnival 2015!
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All credit to MUA- Nikki D!

After taking some photos of masqueraders in the holding area, we finally saw some Guardian Angels coming in through the entrance gate.  I'm guess no one was in a rush as Tribal Carnival was set to hit the stage at position #5.
Our First Guardian Angel sighting!

Our First Guardian Angel sighting!

A little while later, we left the meeting point and chipped up the road through Band #1, Toronto Revellers and the Scotiabank T-shirt band so that we could be photos at Stage #1.  On our way, we bounced up with Mitzie Hunter the Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough- Guildwood and Associate Minister of Finance.  Also on the road with Tribal Carnival was Mayoral Candidate Olivia Chow.  And for those of you who do not know she has been playing mas for years!  Who knew...
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Take care of me pension please 😀

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She used to be my MPP!

After wining down and enjoying presentations from Toronto Revellers, Carnival Nationz, Saldenah, Fantazia and 2 steel pan bands, it was our turn to hit the stage.  I nearly missed it as there was a line for the ladies washroom but after mad dash I met up with my section and it was time! And then it was LEVEL VIBES! Guardian Angels completely owned the road!   The award for MOST VIBES goes to my Bajan liming partner.  Dat gyul did not stop.  Ah love it!
She's behaving the worst!

She's behaving the worst!

The rest is just a blur of wining and jamming, chipping and waving. DSC_7260 DSC_6989 DSC_6968 DSC_6955 DSC_7265 We stayed with the band till just after 2pm when we noticed stormers were infiltrating the parade.  I am a woman who likes to be safe so we said our good byes and left. @SoulRebelTO and I want to say a special thanks to Candice and Rich and the whole Tribal Carnival family for showing us so much love on the road!  Can't wait to do it all over again next year... We have created an album for the Guardian Angels section.  You can view it here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.762404037150613.1073741873.205129872878035&type=3      
  To see photos from the entire Parade click here: http://www.theblacklens.com/2014/Toronto-Caribbean-Carnival-Par/