Carrousel of the Nations Celebrating 44 Years

It's almost time for one of the most popular festivals in Windsor-Essex.

In a little over a week, Carrousel of the Nations begins with more than 20 villages in Windsor, LaSalle and Leamington.

A unique kickoff event took place on Monday with all the villages represented in the lobby of the Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre.

Daryl Vanoirschot is with the Caldwell First Nation Village in Leamington and says "We're bringing back our language which is huge for us, with our language being used at the Carrousel of Nations, we'll have some traditional foods as well as some comfort foods that are more 21st century but are delicious." 

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Daryl Vanoirschot of the Caldwell First nation, June 4, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

Monica Willey of the Caribbean Village says they'll have their famous rum punch and adds, "Apart from our fantastic jerk chicken, our spicy fish, our roti and curried goat and chicken we'll have Caribbean music."

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Aviola Afolabi of the African Village, Carrousel of the Nations, June 4, 2019 (by AM800's Peter Langille)

Represenging this year's new addition of the African Villate, Aviola Afolabi says with 50 countries in Africa, the couldn't possibly represent them all and says "We'll do some countries each yea. So we'll have some this year and we are hoping with God's help next time we'll feature another set of countries."

The First weekend for the annual event is June 14 to 16, with the four new villages in Leamington June 15.