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(Posted 9:30 p.m., June 19)
Thousands attend Carivibe parade and beach party
By Fred Sherwin
OrleansOnline.ca

DJ Puffy gets the crowd jumpin' and winding at this year's Carivibe Beach Party on Petrie Island. Fred Sherwin/Photoo

More 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.

The 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.

The Beach Party had two main themes – community and good times.

As a steady stream of DJs kept the vibe alive, kids played in the Children’s Village while their parents renewed old acquaintances nearby.

“You get to see people that you haven’t seen for a long time and it brings young and old together. It’s a fun occasion,” said Angela Cummings from Orléans, whose comments were echoed by .

“We’ve been coming to Carivibe ever since Carivibe started to support the event. It’s a wonderful family event and we love it,” said Janet Flowers whose husband Rhoan rented a stall at this year’s festival to promote a children s’ book he wrote with his two sons called The Blue Jay and the Squirrel.

A reveller enjoys the Carivibe Beach Party held this past weekend on Petrie Island. Fred Sherwin/Photo

“To me it’s 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 doesn’t matter. Age doesn’t matter. What matters is being here.”

This year’s 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.

“This 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.”

The weatherman had forecasted for localized showers and a possible thunderstorm late in the day, but neither materialized much to the relief of everyone involved.

Mason says he plans to relax for a few weeks before doing a post mortem on this year’s event and turning his focus to next year. He did hint, however, that they may have to institute some changes.

“We can’t 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.

If some changes are made one thing will always remain the same – that Carivibe will continue to celebrate Caribbean culture and attitudes.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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