25th Annual Caribbean Days Festival at North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park- July 28 & 29, 2012


25th Annual Caribbean Days Festival - July 28 & 29, 2012

Each July, the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC presents the Caribbean Days Festival. This event draws a crowd of exuberant fun-lovers to North Vancouver’s Waterfront Park for a weekend of parading, dining and dancing in the sunshine.

The Festival takes place on the weekend of July 28-29, 2012.

This is a weekend of tropical rhythm, cuisine, carnival and culture as only the Caribbean can offer. Over the years, the Festival has grown into the largest Caribbean event on the local calendar, Drawing tens of thousands of attendees, it is among the very largest cultural events in BC, Canada.

Multicultural Street Parade

Each year, the streets come alive with the sights and sounds of Carnival during our Multicultural Street Parade! Enjoy the spectacle of a multitude of costumed revellers cavorting down the streets of North Vancouver. The Parade is truly a magnificent way to appreciate Caribbean culture and style.

Kids get to join in too! Our Children’s Carnival Parade is held the next day.

Street Parade Details

Date: Saturday, July 28, 2012
Time: 10:00 AM. Parade usually runs 1.5 hours.
Location: The Parade begins at Lonsdale and 12th then heads down Lonsdale to Esplanade, then turns West to arrive at Waterfront Park and terminate at Forbes & Esplanade.

Parade Route

25th Annual Caribbean Days Festival Parade Route

Children’s Carnival Parade Details

Date: Sunday, July 29, 2012
Time: Approx. 1:00 PM
Location: Waterfront Park, South side in front of the stage
Cost: Free Admission!
Programme Kids dress up in Carnival costumes and “play Mas”!

Main Stage Performers

Caribbean Days Festival features an amazing outdoor music festival. Each year, our main sound stage plays host to a lineup of bands playing Soca, Reggae, Calypso, Latin, African and other international sounds to a large crowd. Singers, dancers and other performers entertain with sights and sounds from a wide range of cultures.

Festival-goers are welcome to bring their blankets and find a spot on the grounds from which to take in the show. Prepare to “get something and wave” when the fever of the island music takes over. Caribbean music gets people moving, young and old… there’s nothing like it!

Remember that Rikki Jai is performing one night only, at the Waterfront Party. He is not engaged to play at Caribbean Days, so if you want to see him, be at the Party! The new location is larger than before but this event can still sell out, so get your tickets in advance.

2012 Entertainment Lineup

Saturday, July 28th

Time Performer
10:00 Multicultural Street Parade
11:30 DJ BJ Root Cellar
12:15 Opening Ceremony
1:00 Sarah K
1:30 Gabriel Palatchi Band
2:00 Ala Nar
2:30 Fred Asher
3:30 Spirit of the Seas
4:00 Nahualli Folklore
4:30 Queen of Samba
4:45 Amed Dance Group
5:00 X-Kalibre
6:15 Hero Band of B.C
7:30 Waterfront Party
featuring Rikki Jai

Sunday, July 29th

Time Performer
10:00 Carl Sound Vibes
11:00 Ponderosa
11:45 Scruff Mouth
12:15 3 the Hard way
1:15 Socacize
1:30 Kids Parade
1:45 Sugar Cane
2:40 Mr Fantasic
3:00 Fish
3:30 Maffie & Crew
4:40 Phase III
6:00 Destiny Band
7:00 End of Festival!

Festival Layout Map

The Festival grounds are split into two parts. The North side of Waterfront Park has a food concession area and a large beverage garden. Enjoy spicy Caribbean food as well as other international fare, then relax with an ice-cold drink in the hot sun.

On the South side, there is an outdoor music festival. Dancers and other performers entertain while bands play Reggae, Calypso, Latin and other international sounds to a large crowd. There is a Family Zone with face painting, a children’s playground and other activities.

25th Annual Caribbean Days Festival - July 28 & 29, 2012 Festival Layout Map

For more information, please visit: http://www.caribbeandays.ca


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James Chung

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