Monday, March 26, 2012

CARIFIESTA 2012

Letter to the Community,

First and foremost I would like to thank everyone who supported the CCFA last year in the 36th edition of the Carifiesta Carnival parade. We worked extremely hard to present a parade to the city of Montreal, which represented our Caribbean community to the best of our abilities. Even with limited funding available, the support of the many participants in various capacities helped us achieve this challenge and our general objectives.

This year, we have long begun the process of organizing the 37th year of the Carifiesta Parade, to be held on July 7th, 2012. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, there have been some changes to the parade that you should note. The major change is that the parade will commence at the corner of Rene LĂ©vesque between Guy and end at Square Philips. While some may complain that the route is shorter, which it is, or look at this in a negative way, we have gained elsewhere. The Carifiesta vibe will not end on Saturday, but on Sunday, as we have negotiated that day to hold what we are calling the Carifiesta Cooldown, a family oriented event to be held at Parc Jean Drapeau. There will be lots of activities for the kids including inflatable games for them to play on as well as entertainment for all those attending. We urge all of our community members and encourage those of the wider community to attend this event with friends and family to have a good time with us. Please spread the Word!

I’d also like to take this time to mention that since we are looking forward with a positive outlook, I would like for you to join us in this movement by helping the Carifiesta and its related events to exceed all expectations. All it takes is for us to work collaboratively to develop this great thing we have today for the generations to come, so we can look back 10 years from now and take pride in what we have accomplished. How can we do this, you may ask? Well the answer it simple. We encourage all of you to make an impact in any way possible by doing any of the following: supporting the bandleaders, find out who is bringing ‘mas, get to the ‘mas camps, help make costumes or purchase one for the road to increase the number of participants in the parade. Lend you talents, ideas, skills to any related organization to help build upon what may already exist.


As we end this letter, we would like to remind our community that CCFA is an open organization for anyone interesting in joining. Also, if you are willing to volunteer or help in the organization of Carifiesta and its related events, we welcome your support. Please feel free to contact us at info@carifiesta.com;volunteers@carifiesta.com or at 1-(855) 258-6787 ext 205.

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