Toronto Caribbean Carnival to have topless performers to boost body positivity

Toronto Caribbean Festival

TORONTO — A small group of topless performers will be taking part in the Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s parade this weekend in a bid to send a message about body positivity.

Yvonne Stanley, a photographer who is working on a multimedia body positivity project, says she approached organizers with a proposal for topless masquaraders.

She says she wants to spark a conversation about desexualizing women’s bodies.

Stanley also says she isn’t worried about potential backlash to the performers — who will have airbrush paint and jewels on their chests — since the parade routinely features participants wearing revealing clothing.

The Toronto Caribbean Carnival is one of the largest Caribbean festivals in North America.

Its parade takes place on Saturday.