For nineteen years a festival celebrating Caribbean culture has operated under the banner of Twin Cities Carifest. The festival is held on the fourth weekend of July. A indoor Friday Dance Party kicks off the festivities, with an outdoor gathering the next day along the West River Parkway between Plymouth Avenue and Broadway Avenue. I may have attended nearly half of the Saturday events. Since I obtained a digital camera, it has been an even more delightful happening, but what really draws me is the sounds of the Caribbean music in all of it varieties.
I am far from anything resembling a Foodie, but I believe people who relish food experiences would enjoy the booths set up along the parkway. And for the fashion minded (again I am not of that fold), there are delights to be found as well. The Caribbean has a wealth of cultural diversity, tastes and influences, and the Twin Cities benefits with their contributions.
And then there is a carnival style parade;
I am not sure how it works, if you need to sign up ahead of time, but costume materials are available for people who would like to dance along in the parade. Of course dancing in the streets is a huge part of the festival, but with a solid sound system truck preceding the paraders – feathers, sequins, and smiles gyrate in full tilt boogie, and you might be a part.
And then the dance down the street;
It is the fourth weekend of every July. Come and celebrate. Twin Cities Carifest
Parkway by the Mississppi River; between West River Parkway & Broadway Ave and West River Parkway & Plymouth Ave, Minneapolis, MN