Experience African and Caribbean culture

August 25-26, 2018

Get a costume and participate in the Carnival Parade!

Activities for Saturday & Sunday in the Park (Click)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 26, 2017SUNDAY, AUGUST 27, 2017

SATURDAY INCLUDES:

Mainstage

Enjoy the display of the African and Caribbean musical Diaspora. Come ready to dance and enjoy the various Groups and DJ presentations.

Visit Mainstage artists on Artists Page for more!

Drumming Village

The day begins with the communicative power of the drum. Come to the Drumming Village to enjoy Drum & Dance performances, workshops and to participate in the Drum & Dance Circles Facilitated by Shaka Zulu & Gerima

~Bring your drums and percussion instruments if you have. All ages welcome no experience required. ~

A drumming circle is a living evolving work of art that allows creative ways for self-expression. Drumming is fun, a good mood changer, a powerful connector, an energy booster and a great relaxant. Come enjoy a spiritual, musical and community experience.

Come, Drum, Dance.

Children’s Village

Activities for Children – Crafts, games, races (for all ages).

Races and Games — 3-Legged, Egg & spoon, potato, sack race and such

Arts & Crafts — you can freestyle or work on a signature craft. Create a mask, your creativity has no bounds.

Facepainting – want to be a butterfly or get a tribal look? No worries, our talented volunteers will transform you! (come early to be ready by parade time).

Guess How Much candy is in the candy jar and you win!

And a couple more surprises! You will have to come and see!

Carnival Parade Costume Booking

If you didn’t get to mass camp, book a costume (while they last)  for Sunday’s Parade and get ready to move your body to the sweet Caribbean & African beats.

Norris-Lue Domino

Just for fun!

Sponsored by Caribbean Canadian Association Waterloo Region

Vendors

Food, Merchandise, Information and Connections

  • African Drums Arts & Crafts
  • African Women’s Alliance
  • AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area
  • Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
  • Apollo Cinema
  • Bring On The Sunshine Festival (BOTS)
  • Christ Embassy Kitchener
  • CKMS Waterloo
  • Congress of Black Women
  • Conservative Party
  • Dental Hygiene Care
  • Doroto Animals
  • Fairvote Canada
  • Curren’s Hair Braiding
  • Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream Inc.
  • Kitchener Centre NDP
  • Leyla’s Legacy: Hope for Moroccan Children
  • Liberal Party
  • Two Needles One Hook

SUNDAY INCLUDES:

Mainstage

The African & Caribbean musical Diaspora unfolds.

Drumming Village

A Drumming circle is a living evolving art that allows creative ways for self-expression. Drumming is fun, a good mood changer, a powerful connector, an energy booster and a great relaxant. Come enjoy a spiritual, musical and community experience.

Bring your drums and percussion instruments to join the drumming circle; all ages welcome; no experience required.

Come, Drum, Dance.

Performances by Gerima, Shaka Zulu and other Guests.

Drumming Workshops Dance Workshops: Afro-Caribbean Dance workshop by Raechele Lovell Latin Dance Workshop by Jeffery Cummins

Steelpan Yard (Sunday only)

Learn about pan, play a bit and dance a bit — with bands like Tropical Steelband, Acoustic steel and Jerry Jerome and the Cardells.

Led by Carol Taylor of Acoustic Steel

Children’s Village & Carnival Costume Parade

Activities for Children – Crafts, games, races (for all ages).

Races and Games — 3-Legged, Egg & spoon, potato, sack race and such

Arts & Crafts — you can freestyle or work on a signature craft. Create a mask, your creativity has no bounds.

Facepainting – want to be a butterfly or get a tribal look? No worries, our talented volunteers will transform you! (come early to be ready by parade time).

Guess How Much candy is in the candy jar and you win!

And a couple more surprises! You will have to come and see!

Carnival Parade – Sunday 3pm

Time to move your body to the sweet music. if you don’t have a costume or didn’t book one, come early to pick from what’s left and get facepainted!

All ages welcome to join the parade; It’s a family affair.

The boy and girl who shows the most carnival spirit takes home a trophy. (Top Male and Female Reveler) An so does the Top Mas Family.

Avoid the rush for a costume. Bring your own or borrow one of ours. Three days of mass camp are offered to help you prepare for the parade in the park.

All ages welcome.

LINK Carnival Parade trophies

 

Limbo Contest – Sunday

How low can you go? The three lowest receives a medal

LINK Limbo Contest Medals

Hairbraiding Sample

Get a hairbraiding sample from Curren Zhangazha on Sunday.

Share your braiding experiences.

 

Vendors

Food, Merchandise, Information and Connections

  • African Drums Arts & Crafts
  • African Women’s Alliance
  • AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo & Area
  • Allstate Insurance Company of Canada
  • Apollo Cinema
  • Bring On The Sunshine Festival (BOTS)
  • Christ Embassy Kitchener
  • CKMS Waterloo
  • Congress of Black Women
  • Conservative Party
  • Dental Hygiene Care
  • Doroto Animals
  • Fairvote Canada
  • Hair Braiding
  • Heavenly Dreams Ice Cream Inc.
  • Kitchener Centre NDP
  • Leyla’s Legacy: Hope for Moroccan Children
  • Liberal Party
  • Two Needles One Hook

Up coming events!

Free Impromptu Drumming & Afro-Caribbean Dance workshop
August 7, 2pm: Outside Kitchener City Hall
POSTPONED DUE TO RAIN
RESCHEDULED for August 9, 2pm

Drum with Jeffery & Gerima. Dance with Raechele Lovell

Kidspark
August 20, 2017, 11am – 5pm
Victoria Park, Kitchener
Visit our booth and sample some drumming
Try on a costume piece and take a pic

LINK Picnic Festival – August 26 – 27

Up coming events!

Network Summer BBQ
Saturday August 12
African, Black & Caribbean Network Summer BBQ

 

Jamaica Day
Food & Music Festival
September 2-3, 2017
Jamaica Day 2017