Caribbean Carnival returns to Regina – Regina

For the first time since the pandemic began, a colorful Caribbean carnival took over the streets of Regina on Saturday.

Hosted by the Caribbean Carnival Association, downtown was bursting with color, music and fun.

The Caribbean Carnival is a celebration of Caribbean and South American culture and is known for its iconic costumes and dances.

“Do you know how Christmas is in Canada? Jacinta Fisher asked describing the importance of the festival. “Caribbean Carnival is everything. It’s our biggest party all year round. And so we wanted to bring that here so we could all share it.

The Regina Caribbean Carnival was held in the Queen City on Saturday.


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Fisher is one of the members of the Caribbean Carnival of Saskatchewan Association responsible for organizing the festival.

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For Fisher, it’s not only a day for members of the Caribbean community to speak out in Regina, but for others to learn about the culture.

The Regina Caribbean Carnival was held in the Queen City on Saturday.


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“It’s a chance for us not only to celebrate each other in the way we dress and the way we dance, the way we move with the music, but it will also be a chance for us to invite other people to experience that feeling,” she says.

The celebration originally started in Trinidad and Tobago and is now celebrated around the world.

To kick off CaribFest’22, a traditional Caribbean parade made its way through the streets of Regina a little after noon down Cameron Street, before stopping at Victoria Park where plenty of shows, games and entertainment awaited attendees.

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The Regina Caribbean Carnival was held in the Queen City on Saturday.


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Devona Haynes, the treasurer of the Caribbean Carnival Association, said it was the first time her organization had held the carnival.

“We launched our organization in 2020…COVID hit and we couldn’t do anything…so this year we finally got to do it…we decided to take our culture to the streets this year,” she said. declared.

“I think it all went well, it took a lot of hard work and I think we had an amazing turnout, I couldn’t ask for more. I’m overwhelmed with the amount of support and love we have received today,” Haynes said.

Cintia Monteiro Da Silva was also at the show with her 4-year-old son, Karter. She was born in Brazil and has lived her whole life in the carnival culture.

The Regina Caribbean Carnival was held in the Queen City on Saturday.


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It was especially celebratory for her as it was the first time her son could attend and be part of it. Music, dance, color, costumes and food were all new to him.

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“It makes me so proud as a mom, as a Brazilian, to see my little man doing this with me,” she said.

She added that she really likes being able to relive carnival after a few years without having had it, “that’s where my comfort zone is, that’s where I’m comfortable and have a good time. I like to see the result of everyone who is here.

— With files by Andrew Benson

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