Vancouver's first multicultural parade is happening this weekend

Aug 19 2017, 6:20 am

Thousands of Vancouverites are expected to attend the city’s first ever multicultural parade at the Harambecouver festival this weekend.

Taking place from Friday, August 25 to Sunday, August 27 at Main Street’s Thornton Park, Harambecouver is set to celebrate the diversity of different cultures prominent in Vancouver.

It’s a special three-day event aimed at promoting a greater sense of awareness and pride. And you can join in on the festivities – for free.  

Here are just some of the things you’ll get to enjoy during Harambecouver:

  • Friday, August 25: Hear a number of engaging speakers, including Diana Day and Henry Daniel. This event will be held at SFU Harbour Centre’s Policy Room.
  • Saturday, August 26: A culture festival is taking place at Thornton Park, headlined by DJ Deemaks who’s bringing his Afrobeats wave to Vancouver.
  • Sunday, August 27: The city’s multicultural parade is starting at Thornton Park at 2 pm.

Historically conceptualized as the African Carnival by Kombii Nanjalah, Founder of African Great Lakes Network in 2016, the event organizers have partnered with local digital management company Skynation, to re-conceptualize this year’s festival. And that begins with a theme focusing on building a reconciliation process between different cultures.

To celebrate the fact, you’ll get to enjoy a wide range of attractions from fashion, dance, music, food, public art installations, live painting pieces, and much more. You can check out the full schedule of events online before you hit up the festival.

“While our goal was to establish something small that could grow annually this year, we weren’t expecting the increased participation we’re already seeing from various community groups, and allies really advocating for a need for this specific type of programming,” said creative producer of Harambecouver, Kayode Fatoba.  

For more information and to find out about the different ways that you can get involved, check out Harambecouver online and on Facebook.

Harambecouver Multicultural Parade 2017

When: August 25 to 27
Where: Thornton Park, Main Street, Science World Station – 1399 Main Street
Price: Free

Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of Harambecouver

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