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Cariwest 2014


Cariwest is a lively three-day Caribbean Arts Festival that takes place annually in the heart of downtown Edmonton. Cariwest began on August 2, 1984 as part of the Klondike Days Parade (now K-Days). It started as a way for Caribbean immigrants in Edmonton to celebrate and share their culture.

The “Mas” in “Mas Band” is short for Masquerade. Carnival Mas Bands originated in Trinidad and Tobago and are the North American equivalent to “floats” that you see in parades. Every year, Cariwest hosts a parade in downtown Edmonton where the streets are filled with people in dazzling, intricate costumes. Check out our gallery for pictures of this exciting party in the streets!

The Cariwest festival is a FREE event; it is our gift to Edmonton. However, if you wish to purchase a plate of delicious food from the vendors at Cariwest’s Caribbean Village (Churchill Square), you are welcome to do so.


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