Cariwest 2010, Edmonton’s Caribbean arts festival, is set to take over venues across the city this weekend, and its organizers couldn’t be more excited.

“It is the highlight of our summer every year,” said Indira Rampersaud, the festival’s promoter and one of the directors of the Western Carnival Development Association, noting that this year’s festival will be at least as big as past events. “Every year we hope to do bigger and better; our crowd certainly gets bigger and better.”

Cariwest, which is celebrating its 26th anniversary in Edmonton, runs from Friday until Sunday.

Fairgoers can enjoy the food and costumes in the Caribbean Village in Churchill Square and take part in the Cariwest Parade, which will occur at noon on Saturday on Jasper Avenue.

 

Rupee, a musician from Barbados, will also light up the Druze Centre (14304 – 134 Ave.) on Saturday evening.

“We are very much looking forward to having him in Edmonton and having (Rupee) perform for the Cariwest Fete,” Rampersaud said. “That’s where we continue the part into the night.”