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Cariwest Caribbean Arts Festival

Glitzy parade costumes, dancing in the streets to island rhythms, and exotic cuisine transform downtown Edmonton into a lively Caribbean outpost.

Jive along with a glittering procession of flamboyantly costumed performers and masqueraders following the carnival beat of steel pan bands, Calypso tunes and Soca music as the Grand Costume Parade winds down Edmonton’s city streets. The three-day admission-free Caribbean Arts Festival has been bringing the tropics to Edmonton each August for three decades. Winston Churchill Square becomes a Caribbean Village representing the rich traditions and cultures of Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and a host of other island nations. Sample complex, aromatic Caribbean cuisine like jerk chicken and goat curry - a unique fusion of African, European, East Indian, Arab and Chinese flavours. Dance to soca, calypso, reggae and the sweet sounds of the steel pans on Churchill Square. Sip on some tasty brews from the Caribbean, like Appleton rum, Carib and Red Stripe beer.

This year, let the Great Parade theme immerse you into the history, colour and passion of the culture. The parade is a beautiful display of Caribbean culture and heritage to Canadians, and it also shows the welcoming embrace of multiculturalism. Let us fête together.