Edmonton’s Cariwest Festival Celebrates 35 Years this Weekend

If you haven’t been before, the Cariwest Festival of Edmonton is truly beyond magical; the traditional outfits are truly just a small window into the lush vibrant festivities you’ll see this weekend.

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Not only is the festival connecting many Edmontonians, but it’s bringing Caribbean cultures from all across Canada together, MY HEART IS FULL. Check out some more details on what to expect this weekend just below! XOXO - @MARIAH.MAE

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#CARIWESTCELEBRATES35YEARS "In the 50s and 60s when West Indians first came to Alberta, they were all looking for a place to gather and celebrate community. They wanted an avenue where they were able to continue to uphold their Caribbean roots through Steel Band, Calypso, and Carnival. They wanted to take their traditions to the streets, and at that time, the only outlet was joining the Klondike Days parade. Even though they were grateful to be part of the Klondike parade, they felt like something was still missing. In 1984 Cecil T. George gathered Caribbean’s from the community and collectively created what we all know today as Cariwest- Western Canada’s Largest Caribbean Festival....con't . . Want to read more?! Visit our blog at www.cariwest.ca

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