The Caribbean Days Festival is happening this weekend in North Vancouver, and what a weekend for it! If you close your eyes and sit in the sun, you can easily imagine being surrounded by white sand beaches and palm trees fluttering in the breeze.
Luckily, you won’t be needing a plane ticket to experience the Caribbean lifestyle and party atmosphere, all you need is a ride over to the North Shore.
The Caribbean Days Festival is presented by the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC and takes place on Saturday July 27th and Sunday July 28th and draws tens of thousands of people each year. In fact, it’s among one of the largest cultural events in BC–for good reason!
The weekend is full of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival, and culture with live performances, an International food fair, craft markets, and lots of dancing.
To kick off the festivities, there is a parade that begins on Saturday at 10am, which usually runs for about 1.5 hours. The parade is full of costumed revelers, floats, and great music. It begins at Lonsdale and 12th then heads down Lonsdale to Esplanade, then turns West to arrive at Waterfront Park, ending at Forbes & Esplanade. (Click here for the parade route map)
After the parade, the party launches full force and doesn’t really stop until 7pm on Sunday night. You can expect lots of people, lots of colourful outfits, fantastic food, great music, and a jam-packed beer garden.
The Caribbean Days Festival is held on July 27 to July 28th at Waterfront Park in North Vancouver from 10am to 7pm. It is easily accessible by transit (Waterfront Park is right next to Lonsdale Quay and the Seabus terminal) and is completely free to enter.
Have you ever attended the Caribbean Days Festival before? What’s your favourite part about it?