Carnaval del Sol – June 26, 2011
Carnaval del Sol: Vancouverâ€™s Latin American Summer Celebration. With the cooperation of the City of Vancouver, Latincouver, a non-profit organization connecting Latin Americans and Latin American enthusiasts in Metro Vancouver, is organizing the third annual fantastic day-long festival called Carnaval del Sol on June 26 on Granville Street. This is not just an event, but a great opportunity to educate Vancouverites about multiculturalism in a fun environment. Carnaval del Sol is Vancouverâ€™s feature Latin American festival and an official part of the Cityâ€™s 125th anniversary events.
We are expecting about 15,000 attendees from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Granville Street from Smithe to Pender Streets.
The Carnaval includes performances by local and international renowned Latin artists and folkloric dance troupes. This event will feature Salsa and Zumba street-dancing, an authentic Latin American food court, a Latin American Marketplace, games and activities for children in a special Kids Zone, and a soccer street tournament, with the participation of the Vancouver WhiteCaps FC and Mayor Gregor Robertson as one the players.
CBC Radio and Television will be covering this event, and Salsa Cruises will award the winning soccer team with a tropical vacation. Thus, surprise guest appearances of famous Latin American athletes and entertainment celebrities will take place throughout the day.
“We want to showcase the potential of our Latin American culture in Vancouver, and bring all the multicultural groups under one roof,â€ said Paola Murillo, founder and Executive Director of Latincouver. “With this event, we want to revive the excitement Vancouver experienced during the 2010 Winter Olympics, showing multiculturalism and passion.â€
Carnaval de Sol will incorporate a sustainable approach to its planning this year as a mean to support Vancouverâ€™s efforts towards becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020. Sponsors will promote eco-friendly practices during this event, and talks about sustainability will be shared with the public. Award-winning environmentalist David Suzuki, co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation, will be one of the festivalâ€™s guest speakers.
The festival will be opened by Chief Ian Campbell, who opened the Torch Relay Ceremony at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.
Hello Vancity is a proud media sponsor of Carnaval del Sol.