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Canada Quebec Carifiesta Montreal

Montreal, Quebec, Canada
7/1/2007 - 7/7/2007 (Where's the current dates?)


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Carifiesta, the local name for the Latin American ritual of carnival or masque parade dates back to the days of slavery in the Caribbean islands. For Quebec's Caribbean community, the Carifiesta Festival is an adaptation of the traditional pre-Lenten festivities which precede the Mardi gras Carnival celebrated throughout the Caribbean. Our festival took as its model the Trinidad & Tobago carnival. With large costumes, calypso music, steelpan, and hundreds of masqueraders dressed in exotic costumes.

Over the years, the festival has adapted to include many groups of Haitian origins, with their own music and style of dress. More recently, we have been joined by some groups from the Latin community. The festival is thus more representative of the Montreal community.

The festival is characterized by shows, dances, performances featuring different types of Caribbean music-calypso, zouk, reggae, racine-as well as the vibrant music of steelbands. Colorful "bands" of brilliantly costumed performers fill the streets with joviality and dance.

Carifiesta is viewed as an affirmation of the splendor and creativity of the Caribbean community: a festival which brings joy, happiness and spirituality to both participants and the masses of people lining the streets to view the parade. Herein lays the major contributions of Quebec's Caribbean community towards the cultural aesthetic of the region. Apart from the parade, there are other events leading into Carifiesta. The Junior Carifiesta, is for children between 2 and 16 years. The King and Queen Show, where masqueraders with the most elaborate and original costumes are selected to be the king and queen of Carifiesta. The Calypso Monarch, also a key figure in the festival is chosen as well.

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Caribbean Cultural Festivities Association Inc. (CCFA)
Tel. 514-369-0025

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Desiree says:

Montreal Carifiesta is being held on July 5th 2008. 

Posted on 29 Feb 2008 at 9:52am | View Post in Forum

Abdiel says:

there are lots of carnivals not in this site but to much time to post them all

like every municipality has one XD like carnival MABO in Guaynabo, PRSmile

Edited by Abdiel - 27 Feb 2008 at 2:41pm
Posted on 27 Feb 2008 at 2:40pm | View Post in Forum

Scott says:

Originally posted by dawn gordon

when is the carifiesta parade this year??

They haven't posted their 2008 dates yet.  When we find out, we'll post them.
Posted on 27 Feb 2008 at 1:31pm | View Post in Forum

Guests says:

when is the carifiesta parade this year??

Posted on 27 Feb 2008 at 10:02am | View Post in Forum

Scott says:

We just added Montreal Carifiesta to the calendar and the carnival section.  Thank you for providing us with the dates and information.

Posted on 26 June 2007 at 2:07pm | View Post in Forum

Desiree says:

I don't see any listing for Montreal's Carnival called CARIFIESTA.  Our carnival takes place July 7th 2007.  It's going to be bigger and better than ever.  Montreal's Carifiesta was once the biggest carnival in North America, now we are getting ready to take over again.  Watch out! 

Edited by Scott - 26 June 2007 at 2:06pm

Posted on 18 June 2007 at 6:46am | View Post in Forum

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Note: Event dates are subject to change. Please contact the event organizer before making travel plans.

Carnival Connection: Your source for Caribbean Carnival Festival Information, including festival dates, parade information, contact information and links to official websites. Includes information about Mardi Gras, Trini-Style Carnival and other related festivals.

Where's the current dates? - Unlike other websites, CaribbeanChoice only publishes the official dates as released by the carnival organizer. Most other websites simply guess what next year's dates are. We don't do that. We want to make sure our information is as accurate as possible.

This page will be updated as soon as we get the official dates from the event organizer, or they post it on their official website, whichever comes first.

Note: We haven't heard anything from this carnival in awhile. It may not be held anymore. If you have information about this carnival, please contact us.

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