On a sizzling summer weekend, nothing beats grooving to the beats of a steel drum band in the centre of the city.

Cariwest 2010, Edmonton’s Caribbean Arts Festival, took place this weekend in Sir Winston Churchill Square.

For first-time participant Polly-Ann Green, a dancer with the Trini Seteres, it certainly won’t be the last time she takes part in the festivities.

“It was a lot of fun and exciting and lots of energy. I’ll definitely be doing it again next year,” Green said.

The party started on Friday with a “costume extravaganza” at the Jubilee Auditorium.

On Saturday, Jasper Avenue was awash in Caribbean culture as a parade wound its way down city streets, followed by a concert later that night.

The celebration continued yesterday in the square with reggae music blasting over loudspeakers and rum flowing freely.