More than 65,000 Edmontonians and visitors to the city will experience a weekend of Caribbean colours, food and music at the 30th Annual Cariwest Festival
and street parade in Downtown Edmonton.
Throughout this weekend (August 8 through 10), Cariwest will transform Sir Winston Churchill Square into a bright, bustling Caribbean Village. A highlight of the weekend will be the colourful carnival bands and costumes in the street parade on Saturday culminating in a grand celebration at the Village. The Caribbean village at Churchill Square will be open on Saturday and Sunday allowing revelers to enjoy Caribbean cuisine from various vendors, arts and crafts and pulsating Caribbean music.
The theme for this year’s festival – #Cariwest30MOR – is heavily influenced by the Trinidad and Tobago carnival experience. M.O.R (Ministry Of Road) was the most popular soca song performed and played during the 2014 festival season in Trinidad & Tobago. This song was written and performed by soca artist Machel Montano. This song also won the SOCA MONARCH award for 2014.
Cariwest is a non-profit Caribbean arts festival that brings the spirit of the Caribbean to Edmonton. Its mandate is to promote the culture of the Caribbean through music, dance, drama and street theatre. Cariwest is the biggest and most popular street parade of its kind in Western Canada. It is organized by The Western Carnival Development Association (W.C.D.A.) - a non-profit organization. The W.C.D.A was founded in 1984 under the Societies Act, and has been organizing Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival since then.
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