The all new and improved Carivibe Festival

[source: press release]

Ottawa residents can now celebrate Caribbean culture at the beginning and end of the summer. Orleans is bringing the Caribbean to you, not once – but twice! On Saturday June 16th, kick off your summer at the Carivibe Beach Festival and end your summer on Saturday August 18th at the Carivibe Street Parade & Block Party.

Thousands of Ottawa residents will be able to join their friends and families from all over the City, Province and Country at Petrie Island for the 3rd annual Carivibe Beach Festival on Saturday June 16th. This annual event is a celebration of Caribbean culture in the Nation’s Capital, as well as the official launch of Canada’s carnival season.

The Carivibe Beach Festival has become a staple in Ottawa allowing residents to bask in the Caribbean experience. On the beach, patrons will enjoy non-stop entertainment such as Calypso, Soca, Steelband Rhythms, Reggae and Latin vibes from the world’s best entertainers. There will be an array of classic Caribbean cuisine and beverages available for patrons to satisfy their appetite as well as a showcase of what’s to come at the Carivibe Street Parade in August. Arts, crafts, cultural clothing and accessories from different islands will also be on display from members of Canada’s artistic community.

Featured, will be two sound stages, a licensed tent for adults, an all-ages section for teens and a kiddies carnival area for children filled with bouncy rides, games and inflatables brought to you by “Circus Delights”.

The Carivibe Beach Festival has also become a meeting place for the organizers of Canada’s major Caribbean festivals. “It’s a chance for us to network, cross promote and share ideas, while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Petrie Island,” said Trevor Mason, Carivibe Director.

To end the summer festivals, the Carivibe Street Parade & Block Party will now take place on the 3rd Saturday in August. “Moving the parade to August will now give masqueraders from all over the country an opportunity to participate in the final carnival on Canada’s Caribbean calendar.” explained David Mason, Carivibe Street Parade Organizer.

On Saturday August 18th, join colorful Carivibe Masqueraders, thousands of Orleans residents and visitors as they “Jump, Wine and Chip” down St. Joseph Blvd. to sweet tropical rhythms. After the Carivibe Street Parade join in the fun on Centrum Blvd. and Shenkman Arts Centre for Ottawa’s BIGGEST indoor-outdoor Caribbean Block Party with entertainment for the whole family.

City Councillor Bob Monette is proud that Orléans will be hosting Carivibe for a third year. “This is a great opportunity for residents to discover the Caribbean culture while enjoying the various stores and restaurants along St-Joseph Boulevard. I invite all of you to come discover the beauty of our island: Petrie Island” he stated.

Save the dates, invite your friends and experience the vibe of Ottawa’s largest Caribbean Celebration!

Carivibe 2012 is now accepting sponsors, volunteers, vendors, bands and entertainers.

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