The Caribbean Days International Street Parade and Food Festival!!!

  • July 26, 2014 · 8:30 AM
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'Prepare to "get something and wave" when the fever of the island music takes over. Caribbean music gets people moving, young and old... there's nothing like it!'

It's almost here! The Caribbean Days International Festival Steet Parade and Food Fair and Marketplace!!! 








(one of my 2011 costume winner pics)
  

An early morning trek to North Vancouver to see the amazing costumes fill the streets and then when the parade is over, we will enjoy the flavors of the international food fair for lunch and then end the afternoon with some shopping in the the vendor market and listening to amazing music!

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FESTIVAL AND PARADE DESCRIPTION FROM WEBSITE:  
Parade Procession:

Each year, the streets come alive with the sights and sounds of Carnival during our Multicultural Street Parade! Enjoy the spectacle of a multitude of costumed revelers cavorting down the streets of North Vancouver. The Parade is truly a magnificent way to appreciate Caribbean culture, music and style.

International Food Fair :
Each year, participants from various Caribbean islands bring delicious tropical treats for sale. Roti, jerk chicken, flying fish, Jamaican patties, doubles and other spicy items have been featured. Food from other world locations is also featured. To complement this delicious buffet, you will find an assortment of spices and pepper sauces available, as well as cold drinks with which to wash them down.
The North side also features a large beverage (beer) garden, so that Festival-goers of legal age may relax with an ice-cold drink in the hot sun after enjoying their spicy Caribbean food.On the South side, an assortment of tempting snacks are available to those taking in the sights and sounds of the main Festival sound stage.

Crafts and Clothing Market:
A variety of clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts vendors join us at Caribbean Days.  After we sample the food we can wander around the vendors market and do some shopping.

Caribbean Days Festival features an amazing outdoor music festival. Each year, the main sound stage plays host to a lineup of bands playing Soca, Reggae, Calypso, Latin, African and other international sounds to a large crowd. Singers, dancers and other performers entertain with sights and sounds from a wide range of cultures. Festival-goers are welcome to bring their blankets and find a spot on the grounds from which to take in the music. 
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 Our lunch plan exactly that! Enjoying the outdoor music.  We have no plan to pay to go in to watch bands (though you are more than welcome to on your own). They play outside.  We can hear them just fine :)  (If you would like to stay on your own later and enjoy a show, please feel free to check the schedule on their website  )
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 This Event Details  --** please RE- Read prior to event for any changes:

Date  Saturday July 26 *8:30-8:55


A.M.  Starbucks: Lonesdale Quay/sea bus terminal (north van)

* You will need a watch to be at meeting spots on time. please. parades are too loud to count on cell phones.

*The parade is not officially begin until 10 but I like to have time to go off to see the costumes at the furthest end (staging area) or (for those who prefer) to have time to find a good spot to watch from.  We will divide up before 9 and split up until the procession ends.  

the group will essentially split into smaller groups ( the 'movers' and the 'more stationary or slow walking'. ;)for the actual procession at 10.  Buddy up :)  We will all meet back for lunch when it's over.  (note: I like to take pictures and follow the procession to the very end.. I may be a minute or two. lol)

**full disclosure: I will tell you in advance this is not a parade I watch sitting down and I run off and end up lapping the entire parade. Most people will want to find a nice location from which to watch the parade go by, which I expect is normal, and that's okay too! LOL    I will do my best to find out the area of the judging locations in advance (as that is where the bands all stop to perform their best) so you will know best where to plant your feet, chairs or blankets. =)  **enjoy the parade and

we will all be meeting up together to head over to the Waterfront park, Festival Food fair for lunch (directly after the parade is over).

-Before the parade procession begins, we will have a map and a specific place to meet up again after the parade has ended so we can then hit the Food Fair together for lunch and enjoy the sights and sounds.
Meeting/ not eating: Subway Restaurant across from waterfront park. Meeting location and picking up latecomers]  
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Where: morning MEET UP Location:

Starbucks. North Vancouver's Waterfront Park, near the Lonsdale Quay Seabus Terminal
145 Chadwick Ct North Vancouver, BC V7M 3K2  Map: 
Starbucks Map (behind McDonald's at the Sea Bus Terminal on the North Shore

Time 8:30 AM. Parade usually starts at 10 A.M. and runs 1.5 hours. The Food Fair will be in full swing for lunch when the parade is over.

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What if I am late?
Let us know.  please. Late comers are welcome but at five to 9am, we will be heading out to watch to parade and scope out our spots, so please if you are late and unable to reach anyone, please watch the parade  and we will meet up with you when the parade is over and you can join us for lunch, shopping and music while we discuss the amazing costumes and compare pictures! WEAR A WATCH. Cell phone will be unreliable. The music  is loud an everyone will be paying attention to the procession.

Lunch time/late time meet up location I will do two ' pick ups'. One 8:30 -9 at the mcdonalds near the seabus terminal and

12 noon  (or just after the parade if it runs late) at:

Subway(not eating here, just meeting here.  The park with the food festival is across the street  (229 W. Esplanade . Outside.) Map (223 W. Esplanade)

It is on west esplanade near waterfront park where the festival is happening.
I will try to check this board for messages if you are running late but this year, I am not missing out on food.
We will wait five minutes to collect any late arrivals and then anyone arriving after that is welcome to check out the festival themselves.  Last year I had to keep trying to connect with a latecomer and it ate a large portion of my enjoyment of the festival.  It would be rude to make me wait. Thank you all for understanding this.
Eating area is usually grass.  If you want something else to sit on while you eat you will have to bring it yourself :)
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From the SUBWAY restaurant Meeting location (not eating location), we will walk over to the food are of waterfront park for food, and pick our lineups. ;) when lunch is over some people may opt to go into the beer garden or shopping the market place.  

Be advised.This is a public festival. I will not be holding anyone's hand and...
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I will be leaving early rather than cancel the event.(conflicting commitments between [you] and to myself)
 If I do not get a chance to say goodbye to you later, don't be offended. I have a crazy day. :)

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Things to bring/remember
1. Sunscreen
2. Hat /sunglasses ( yes we are assuming the sun will not disappoint.. It's only may now so please make sure that you check your weather the day before and the morning of to find out how to be best prepared for it)
3. Water
4. Money. the did have an ATM available on site last year. I will try to confirm this before the event but in any event be prepared to bring a little cash.
(The average meal was $10. The beer garden will allow you to buy two (if it's the same as last year) and most of the vendors take cash. I got the coolest bracelet there last year for 5 bucks and i will probably grab at least an orange juice or coffee at Starbucks. 
5. Camera
6.  Smiles to share
7.  something to sit on -as long as you are willing to carry it around with you ;)

8.  "meal" is relative.  The food is prepared in tents or trucks and served from the same.  Please do not be expecting to be served.  You will have to get in a line to get the food of your choice.  As a general rule of thumb.. the better the food, the longer the line :)  Number 8 is patience and realism.  ;) Bring lots. (That being said, some of the food starts cooking days in advance... yummy! my once a year, three day curry goat! 

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Please keep your rsvp current and if we are supposed to find you then I recommend a current photo to help us out.  ty.
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a few of my favorites in case you can't wait to jump!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFFtsGO4gnQ&list=PLACD9725BF606A4BC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8JlQfX1-GU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zq4eY4VhXZo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO2xfHrNllU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPvYOzpHHHs
This will be updated as necessary please be sure to reread details
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WAIVER-Members attending this event are solely and totally responsible for their own personal safety and well being before, during, and at any time after the conclusion of this event. The host, group, organizer shall be held harmless and shall be unconditionally free forever of any and all liabilities, obligations and responsibilities to any of the attendees. By RSVPing yes to this event, you are automatically agreeing to the terms of this waiver.

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  • Tammy S

    Repeated: BTW world... if you don't like too spicy... the curry goat was melt in your mouth perfect, the patties were moist, and the chicken was great! No pineapple drinks this year, but we survived. I was a bit disappointed to see costs creep higher, but that is just a sign of the times and the cost of doing business. I don't see that as reflecting the festival directly. The weather was perfect and a small die hard bunch stayed with me from morning until well past lunch. It was nice to meet all of you and enjoy the costumes, music and food together. Thank you for your photo bravery ;) I picked up a blue recycled silk dress at the marketplace and enjoyed a frozen yogurt on the lazy sea bus trip back. :) Thanks all.

    July 27

    • kevin s.

      Tammy are you coming to games night on Monday ? You sound like fun.

      1 · July 27

    • Tammy S

      I used to regularly. In fact, Tobys was my baby. Well, ians baby... i just helped them get a bigger 'house' ...Love the board games gang. Just had ano unpredictable or Sucky schedule lately. And thank you.

      July 28

  • Sara J.

    Hey guys, my train that I was working on was so late that I missed the whole thing:-S I hope you all had a good time though

    July 26

    • Tammy S

      Glad you made it Ajay, sorry we missed you, but happy to hear you enjoyed it. Sara, transit has been an issue this year. It's disappointing but I will definitely go again next year :)

      July 27

    • Tammy S

      BTW world... if you don't like too spicy... the curry goat was melt in your mouth perfect, the patties were moist, and the chicken was great! No pineapple drinks this year, but we survived. I was a bit disappointed to see costs creep higher, but that is just a sign of the times and the cost of doing business. I don't see that as reflecting the festival directly. The weather was perfect and a small die hard bunch stayed with me from morning until well past lunch. It was nice to meet all of you and enjoy the costumes, music and food together. Thank you for your photo bravery ;) I picked up a blue recycled silk dress at the marketplace and enjoyed a frozen yogurt on the lazy sea bus trip back. :) Thanks all.

      July 27

  • Tammy S

    I will upload some more pictures soon :)

    3 · July 26

  • carolyn

    Couldn't find you guys but I still had fun! I didn't realize there were two sides until I'd been there about 30 mins. that frozen guy in the striped suite was cracking me up. perfect weather!

    1 · July 26

    • Tammy S

      I'm so glad you had fun. Sorry we missed you. I saw the striped guy on the way out...very funny! We could not have asked for a better day.

      July 26

  • Winston

    I wasn't able to find your profile Greg so if you want to get back to me and see this message email me back.

    July 26

  • Tina Y.

    I'm at the Lansdale Quay, where are you guys? Could you tell me the specific spot?

    July 26

    • Michael Y.

      Well pretty much everyone part ways already but if you follow the crowd, it it on your left.

      2 · July 26

  • carolyn

    Im on my way. Anyone else in the area?where is everyone?

    July 26

    • Tammy S

      On the grass beside Green Chair tent. On a blue blanket with red and blue flag stuck in the ground

      July 26

  • carolyn

    Anyone else on their way to the seabus term?

    July 26

  • Michael Y.

    Just miss the sea bus but 10 sec.... Have to wait 15min...

    July 26

  • Tammy S

    At Subway waiting

    July 26

    • Mila C.

      Tammy there are 2 subway on that street, posted the address so they will know which one you are at

      July 26

    • Tammy S

      When I leave here, if ypu look across the street ypu will see tents and trucks. While we eat, I will be almost directly across the street be teen food trucks and washroom on a blue and black zodiac blanket

      July 26

  • Linda S

    Help! They want me to start work two hours earlier - because of fireworks. In otherwords. Seems I'd be headed out there and have to come straight back. To safely make it to work on time. So, regretfully, I'll have to say "NO " to meeting up with you. OK. Enjoy.

    July 26

  • Mila C.

    why they do it so early this year!!!!

    July 26

  • Tammy S

    Small but a truck load of steel drums...so I'm happy :)

    July 26

  • Tammy S

    Lonesdale and 12th. Just starting back down lonesdale toward esplanade w.
    (Closest to sea bus terminal

    July 26

  • Tina Y.

    I'm sorry that I overslept, just woke up....

    1 · July 26

    • Tammy S

      No worries

      July 26

    • Tammy S

      No worries :) everyone had that kind of morning. Lol

      July 26

  • Tammy S

    BTW. Thank you for those of you who have let me know that they will likely come late. It's much nicer than worrying that i missed someone. :) ty.

    July 26

  • AC's Hardest W.

    So where we meeting and wat time? Here's my number[masked]

    1 · July 26

    • Tammy S

      Walk up lonesdale to the gas station or until you find people moving

      July 26

  • Tina

    Oh it's too late for me to prepare for this event.:( hope to join you guys next time.

    July 26

  • GARY

    SLEPT IN

    July 26

  • Victor Manuel Egea R.

    I am waiting on the McDonalds right outside Lonsdale...

    July 26

  • Chen H.

    I will meet u guys at the subway as arranged after the parade. Having trouble waking up.

    2 · July 26

  • Tammy S

    Due to switch maintenance the following will apply until approximately 7:30am:
    Expo Line trains running between King George Stn & Commercial Broadway Stn
    Millennium Line trains are running between VCC-Clark & Columbia Stn. Downtown riders will need to transfer at Columbia Stn to an Expo Line.
    Shuttle Train running between Commercial Broadway & Main St Stn
    Shuttle Train running between Commercial Broadway & Waterfront Stn
    Bus Bridge between Commercial Broadway Stn & Waterfront Stn

    July 26

  • Tammy S

    Good morning / heads up:
    Trains are having issues. I should be on time. I will post anything to the contrary. :) picture of me in description for today. ( in case you are looking and I'm not poking someone in the eye with the flag right at that moment )

    2 · July 26

  • Tammy S

    All memebers: If you do not have a current photo and real name, please remedy this as soon as possible. We have a couple of 'grandfathered 'members who are exempt from having a current photo. Those include Winnie and the Eds :)
    If you are not on this short list, please provide your name and a photo that currently resembles you so that we might recognize you. Thank you. I have posted a picture of a red and blue flag. I will have it with me. It's approximately 18 x 12 inche's and if you get close enough, you can read "L'union Fair La Force". :) Look for it at the meeting location. :)

    July 21

    • Tammy S

      AC ...Can you please post a photo that resembles your likeness, along with a name. If I can't put a name on my list. ..then your name isn't on my list :) thanks in advance for remedying this

      July 26

    • AC's Hardest W.

      Hello tammy. My name is Ajay.

      1 · July 26

  • kevin s.

    I'm heading to Kamloops for the marathon.

    July 24

  • carolyn

    Ok so final thoughts on who is meeting where at 12 or 1230? I finish work in north van at 1145 tomorrow

    July 25

    • Tammy S

      I will do a quick pickup after the parade (at Subway) to direct people across to the park where some of our members, along with the general public, will have lunch at the festival (again... open grass...it's a park.) and then people will go off to enjoy the sights, the sounds and the market place. // If I can manage to describe the area we find to sit and eat at (nothing specific.. majority rules (or go off and do your own thing :) no worries. )) I will post it here. After the 12 noon sweep, it will be much harder to connect. I will use this message board and check it when I can. This helps. Please keep in mind: i want to enjoy this too so I can not be spending all my time trying to find people. That being said, I will do my best. Turquoise blue tank top, blue/green/white skirt , black scarf, gold flip flops and a blue and red flag. Wholely hannah! I sound like a rainbow threw up.lol

      July 26

  • Tammy S

    Average " meal is 12 dollars. If you want to treat yourself to a snack try fried plantain chips :) As per usual, the sun will shine. I will once again stress sunscreen and water. Once again, the food trucks and tents are in an open park with little to no retreat from the sun. I have watched people burn waiting in line for their lunch :)

    July 26

  • Michael Y.

    Meeting up for lunch here!

    1 · July 25

    • Tammy S

      See you at noon. :) (if for any reason the parade runs a few minutes over...so will I :)

      July 26

  • Colin P.

    I may come by for the later meet up time after the parade. Looking forward to enjoying the food and music with everyone.

    1 · July 25

  • Kevin

    I may come depending on if I wake up in time.

    2 · July 25

  • Linda S

    *12 Noon I will meet you at Esplanade Subway. I live almost in Richmond. I won't be attending the parade that morning. Thnx.

    1 · July 25

  • Sara J.

    I've been to the boardgames and met some rad people. I'll be coming a little late or whenever my train arrives!

    1 · July 21

    • Sara J.

      Thanks Tammy. I will most likely be there after work around 11am or sooner if my train into Vancouver arrives early. I'll just have a look for which ever colour you decide you'll wear:-) I'm looking forward to this event!!

      1 · July 22

    • Michael Y.

      I will be Late as well, most likely will meet up for lunch.

      1 · July 22

  • Tammy S

    Sunscreen and water matter! (Hat's not a bad idea either!) The parade, Waterfront park and the food area offer very little shade

    more soon. :)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­
    ~Just call me "miss ah Fete" ;)
    "...If sun shinning ah dripping sweat,
    Thunderstorm and ah soaking wet
    They say Mr Fete yuh mad
    And I say miss ah fete yuh mad
    ...
    We coming again,
    Everyday
    we full ah energy
    Is fete dey calling we
    Like that is we name ..."~

    :)

    July 14

  • Tammy S

    We sometimes end up all over the GVRD but most events are in Vancouver. That being said, I train in all the time for events :) I hope you find what you are looking for ☺

    July 13

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds so wonderful & exactly wat I was looking for, but not as far as Vancouver. How do I change my City & some preferences?

    July 12

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