9:30 p.m., June 19)
Thousands attend Carivibe parade and beach party
By Fred Sherwin
Puffy gets the crowd jumpin' and winding at
this year's Carivibe Beach Party on Petrie
Island. Fred Sherwin/Photoo
than 3,000 people ignored the forecasts for showers and
the possibility of a late day thunderstorm on Saturday,
to take in the annual Carivibe Beach Party on Petrie Island
and enjoy a taste of the West Indies.
festivities actually kicked off at noon with a parade
down St. Joseph Blvd. that took many bystanders by surprise.
The parade, although relatively short, was the perfect
advertisement for the Beach Party with a convoy of flat
bed trucks carrying DJs with sound systems blasting out
Soca, Marengue and vibes, as other participants, many
of them dressed in costume, paraded behind.
Beach Party had two main themes community and good
a steady stream of DJs kept the vibe alive, kids played
in the Childrens Village while their parents renewed
old acquaintances nearby.
get to see people that you havent seen for a long
time and it brings young and old together. Its a
fun occasion, said Angela Cummings from Orléans,
whose comments were echoed by .
been coming to Carivibe ever since Carivibe started to
support the event. Its a wonderful family event
and we love it, said Janet Flowers whose husband
Rhoan rented a stall at this years festival to promote
a children s book he wrote with his two sons called
The Blue Jay and the Squirrel.
me its essential to have an event where people can
connect from the youngest to the oldest and celebrate
our culture, said Flowers. From the youngest
to the oldest it doesnt matter. Age doesnt
matter. What matters is being here.
reveller enjoys the Carivibe Beach Party held
this past weekend on Petrie Island. Fred Sherwin/Photo
years event very nearly had to be moved to an alternate
location due to the impact the spring flood had on the
island. It was only after a great deal of effort by city
maintenance workers to repair the Petrie Island causeway
and the parking areas that organizers Dennis Mayers and
Trevor Mason were given the go ahead.
was the most difficult year by far, an exhausted
Mason said during an interview backstage. People
haver no idea how much work goes on behind the scenes
to pull everything together, especially after a spring
we just had.
weatherman had forecasted for localized showers and a
possible thunderstorm late in the day, but neither materialized
much to the relief of everyone involved.
says he plans to relax for a few weeks before doing a
post mortem on this years event and turning his
focus to next year. He did hint, however, that they may
have to institute some changes.
cant be all thing to all people. and try to please
everybody. We may go back to our routes and keeps things
a little more simple, said Mason.
some changes are made one thing will always remain the
same that Carivibe will continue to celebrate Caribbean
culture and attitudes.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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