Caribbean-Style Carnival Comes to North Vancouver, July 28-29

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Ready to spice up your summer?

The 25th annual Caribbean Days Festival is coming to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park July 28-July 29.  The largest Caribbean event in the Lower Mainland, the festival draws tens of thousands of people during a weekend of tropical rhythms, cuisine and culture.

Things kick off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 28, with the Multicultural Street Parade, a carnival-style celebration with costumed revelers dancing down the streets of North Vancouver.  The 1.5-hour parade marches down Lonsdale Avenue, turning west on Esplanade on its way to Waterfront Park (adjacent Lonsdale Quay).

Then the fun really starts.

Waterfront Park will feature food tents with spicy Caribbean cuisine straight from Island nations like Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana and more.   Caribbean performers will take to the stage from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. for a full day of calypso, reggae, soca, Latin and African music.  Bring a blanket for a picnic or join the crowds dancing to the Island rhythms.

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The party doesn’t stop there.  The celebration moves a few blocks away to Shipbuilders Square at 7:30 p.m. for the Waterfront Caribbean Party featuring Trinidadian sensation Rikki Jai and his unique Indo-Caribbean beats (In his native Trinidad, Jai has won the “Chutney Soca Monarch” award a record-breaking six times).  Tickets for the Rikki Jai concert are $30.

On Sunday, the celebration continues with another full day of Caribbean cuisine and music at Waterfront Park from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Caribbean Days Festival is free to attend and takes place at North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park, a green space on Burrard Inlet offering sweeping views of the Vancouver skyline. A festival map is available here.

Anyone been to Caribbean Days before?  How was it? Let us know below!

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