Cariv­ibe Dou­ble dose of

Cariv­ibe goes from one day to two

Orleans Star - - LOCAL NEWS - Cather­ine Kitts

rhythms. Af­ter the Cariv­ibe Street Pa­rade, Ot­tawa’s big­gest in­door-out­door Caribbean Block Party will take place on Cen­trum Blvd. and Shenkman Arts Cen­tre.

Ma­son said there are lots of ex­cit­ing things on the hori­zon, but doesn’t want to give it all away yet.

Last year’s event at­tracted over 10,000 peo­ple to the pa­rade with an ad­di­tional 8,000 con­tin­u­ing the cel­e­bra­tion at the beach. Ma­son hopes to sur­pass these num­bers in 2012 and have at least 10,000 peo­ple par­ty­ing on the beach.

"The growth has been great," he said. "The first year we had to con­tend with rainy weather and still had about five to six thou­sand peo­ple on the beach. Peo­ple come in from all over Canada and the United States. It’s truly a unique event."

City Coun­cil­lor Bob Monette, who is cred­ited with be­ing in­stru­men­tal in se­cur­ing the fes­ti­val for Or­léans is proud that the east end will be host­ing Cariv­ibe for a third year. “This is a great op­por­tu­nity for res­i­dents to dis­cover the Caribbean cul­ture while en­joy­ing the var­i­ous stores and restau­rants along St-joseph Blvd."

Ma­son adds that the yearly event is great for lo­cal busi­nesses and that the Qual­ity Inn Ho­tel in Or­léans was at full ca­pac­ity dur­ing last year’s event.

"It’s great for the en­tire com­mu­nity," he said. "Not only the busi­nesses on St. Joseph but all of Or­léans as a whole." Or­ga­niz­ers are al­ways ac­cept­ing ac­cept­ing spon­sors, vol­un­teers, ven­dors, bands and en­ter­tain­ers. For more in­for­ma­tion visit info@ cariv­ibe.com

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