Have you been to a Carifesta (Caribbean Festival)

@winterose (39918)
Canada
July 1, 2008 2:32pm CST
Have you ever been to a Carafest? We have one every year in Montreal, held on the same weekend as Canada Day, There is always a parade with people from the Caribbean dressed in beautiful costumes (think of Mardi Gras) doing a dance called the Jump Up, actually in Montreal we call it the Jump Up, The year I met my husband I had the opportunity to be in the parade, and we went to the Park for celebration and music afterwards and at night there were plenty of private parties going on. My husband, now my ex is from Barbados. For some strange reason there is no website info this year but I managed to find a nice one from 2005, with a lady in costume to illustrate what elaborate and beautiful costumes people do have in this colorful, delightful parade http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/North_America/Canada/photo203096.htm
5 responses
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Sounds real nice and I loved Marde Ggras in New Orleans went to 10 parades one year had a ball
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
4 Jul 08
wow you really are a party girl, liven it up
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
5 Jul 08
that was around 1980 but it was so fun I wish I could go again but wont be the same with out the people we went with!
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
yes that is true, it would be very different now
@Grandmaof2 (7603)
• Canada
1 Jul 08
Sounds like a lot of fun to me, So what did you do for Canada Day? I stayed indoors and kept cool. I have been fighting micrane headache for 4 days now and it's still not over. No fun.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
1 Jul 08
I just posted happy Canada Day on here, I did nothing, I can't walk or stand up long enough to do anything.
• Canada
1 Jul 08
Yes I so understand. We're a fine pair. If only we lived a bit closer we could at least have a cup of coffee together.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
9 Jul 08
that would be wonderful
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
29 Jul 08
That sounds delightful to go to or even be in. I would love to have seen that and all the beautiful costumes and dances.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
29 Jul 08
yes I always enjoyed it myself
@raydene (9875)
• United States
2 Jul 08
I never have been but it sounds fun I would love to try it. I love the mardi gras and it sounds abit like it. xoxooxoxoo
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
4 Jul 08
each place, brazil, new orleans, and the Caribbean have their brand of it but they are all similar.
@tyc415 (5706)
• United States
1 Jul 08
I have never heard of Carafest. I did look at the site you sent and that costume is beautiful. Do they wear them while riding on a float with support to hold the comstume up or walk around with them on? If they wear them and walk around they have to weigh so much, looks like that one in the picture the costume weighs more than the lady.
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@winterose (39918)
• Canada
1 Jul 08
yep they wear them on floats and some walk around with them, there is usually and internal contest for best costumes and each year they try to outdo each other.