North Van's Caribbean Days moves to waterfront
The popular Caribbean Days festival dance will be moving to Shipbuilders’ Square this summer for its 25th anniversary celebration.
City council unanimously supported the move — the dance has been held in Lonsdale Quay in previous years — after a presentation from the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society, organizers of the event.
The dance will end at 1 a.m., with liquor sales ending at 12:30 a.m. City staff had proposed an earlier end time to the dance because Shipbuilders’ Square is closer to Lower Lonsdale residents’ homes and the Pinnacle Hotel, but council opted to allow the later time.
In addition to the change of venue, council also supported giving organizers an additional $5,000 — the city already gives $11,000 each year to the festival — and waived the costs of additional signage for the parade’s expanded route this year. Organizers said the parade will start at 12th Street instead of Sixth Street, before heading south on Lonsdale Avenue.
In addition to the parade and Saturday evening dance, the Caribbean Days event also hosts a two-day gathering with food, entertainment and vendors in Waterfront Park.
The 2012 Caribbean Days Festival is scheduled for July 28 and 29.
For a full lineup of activities visit caribbeandays.ca.