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Entry Forms & Regulations

Please print and read the following documents and submit the Entry and Waiver forms by the deadline.

PDF Parade Entry Form 
PDF Rules & Policies
PDF Invitation Package

Kindly submit your application to:

Del Friday/Nigel Headly, Parade Coordinators
Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of British Columbia

Suite 635
4974 Kingsway Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5H 4M9

Phone: (604) 515-2400
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Each year the street comes alive with an explosion of colour, music, revelry and creativity. With its masquerade bands, spectacular costumes, pulsating music and unparalleled stamina for partying, the Caribbean Days Festival is often described by others as one of the biggest and best community festivals in BC. However, the TTCSBC believes that part of the mystique of the multicultural street parade lies in its ability to bring people of diverse backgrounds together in harmonious circumstances.

The Caribbean Days Festival Multicultural Parade has grown over the years from hundreds of participants and tourist to thousands in attendance since the mid 1990's. The influx of tourist from all over the world has benefited North Vancouver on an economic level, most recognizably with large corporation s,small businesses and the tourist /service industry.

Additionally, we also provide an opportunity for children to participate in the Kiddies Parade on Sunday July 27th, 2014 at 1:30pm. All participants are to assemble at the main stage at 1:00pm and a volunteer will direct the participants accordingly. The children revelers will make their way in front of the main stageparading their costume creativity. There will be no judging of costumes.

Application

Application and description of band portrayal are to be completed and returned to the Trinidad and Tobago Cultural Society of BC by May 23rd, 2014. Approved applicants will be notified by email within two weeks of receipt of the application. The TTCSBC reserves the right to refuse or deny any applicant from participating in the Multicultural Street Parade for non-compliance with the parade rules and regulations. The Caribbean Days Festival committee's decision regarding all applications is final.

Transportation to the Multicultural Street Parade

Waterfront Park is conveniently located next to Metro Vancouver's best public transportation system. Take the Sky Train to downtown Vancouver and then hop on the Sea Bus, which will take you to Lonsdale Quay, next to Waterfront Park. Then just follow the music!

All major Trans Link bus services operate on Saturday morning. Trans Link's Sea Bus leaves every 15 minutes from waterfront station in Vancouver to Lonsdale Quay in North Vancouver beginning at 7:00am. For more information on Trans Link schedule service please visit www.translink.ca

West Vancouver Blue Bus will also operate the usual Saturday schedule. For more information on service please visit www.translink.ca or call customer service at (604) 953-3333.

If you must drive, you're advised to arrive before 7am. Street parking in the area of the parade is limited (there is a 30 minute to two hour limit to metered parking). A number of streets, both at the start and along the parade route will be closed to traffic during the morning.

Accommodations

Those travelling from out of town may wish to stay next to the festival activities. Make the most of your Caribbean Days Festival experience and book a night at our host hotels, the Lonsdale Quay Hotel (604) 986-6111, or the Pinnacle Hotel (604) 986-7437, or www.lonsdalequayhotel.com, www.pinnaclepierhotel.com, for online bookings. Both hotels are located approximately 5 minutes walking distance from Waterfront Park.

Simply contact the hotel and mention Group ID #53111 to the registration agent in order to receive the Caribbean Days Festival discounted rate. Early reservation is advised since these rooms book up early.

Parade Route

The parade route is approximately 2.5 Km long and is scheduled to be completed in 1.5 hours. The parade begins at the intersection at Lonsdale Avenue and 12th Street and travels south to Esplanade Avenue next to Lonsdale Quay. Turns West on Esplanade and travels towards Waterfront Park and ends at Forbes Ave.

Check In Area

All Team Leaders and participants are required to check in on the morning of the parade to collect their participant package. Please report to the check in desk between 8:30 am – 9:00 am. The check in table is located in the Petro-Canada Gas Station parking lot area at the South West corner of 13th Street and Lonsdale Avenue. Your package will include your parade number and directions to the starting area for your group. Volunteers will be available to assist if required.

Staging Area

The staging area is located on Lonsdale Avenue, between 13th Street and 12th Street. All team leaders are advised to ensure vehicles enter the staging area from 13th Street only. All floats and other vehicles are to be parked in this area in the sequence in which they will participate, prior to the start of the parade. There is no access to the staging area from 12th Street at Lonsdale Ave. Volunteers will assist participants to the staging area and ensure they are lined up in the correct order at the start line of the parade. Position numbers for all parade entrants must be placed on your parade vehicle or on the top right hand corner of your banner so that the parade judges, spectators and commentators can easily identify each entrant.

Judging Stations

There is one judging stations along the parade route, located next to the Starbucks Coffee at West Esplanade and Rogers Avenue. Masqueraders are allotted 5 minutes to display their artistic creations. Points will be deducted for going over the allotted time limit. RCMP officers will be assisting the Parade Marshals to ensure that the parade is moving along in a timely manner should masqueraders exceed their time limit at the judge's stations. Multicultural Groups,Caribbean Groups and only masquerade bands or groups having a Caribbean theme will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Artistic Creativity & Originality
  2. Carnival Spirit / Theme
  3. Choreography / Presentation
  4. Visual Impact

Disbursement Area

After the parade, many floats need a designated area where decorations can be removed and be prepared for transportation home. To avoid congestion, all parade vehicles and floats are to be dismantled at the end of the parade route next to Forbes Avenue. No vehicles are permitted to enter Waterfront Park.

Commercial & Corporate Businesses

Commercial groups and Corporations are welcome to participate in the Caribbean Days Festival Multicultural Parade. All commercial groups and corporations participating in the parade are required to display a Caribbean theme on their vehicle or float, either musically or with masquerade costumes.

Prizes

Trophies will be awarded to the masquerade bands placing in the first three positions.

Parade Logistics, Equipment & Supplies

The TTCSBC recommend that all local & out of town groups contact equipment suppliers in advance to secure the rental of any equipment required for the duration of the event. For your convenience, we have provided contact information for local companies that are able to provide trucks and floats suitable for parades.

Truck Rentals

  • Landmark Cartage Service (604) 635 – 3555
  • Jete's Trucking (604) 580 -1234

Float Rentals (no more than 40 ft long and 10 ft wide)

  • Creative Studios (604) 857 – 1212
  • Gary Turner Displays (604) 946 – 0119

Generator

  • A&B Tool Rentals (604) 879 -8633 or (604) 255-7368
  • Star Rental (604) 239-0706

Parade Flow

During the parade all entries must maintain a minimum distance of 10 meters (30 feet) and no more than 15 meters (50 feet). Band leaders are encouraged to keep within these guidelines to ensure the parade stays on schedule. Your cooperation is essential for maintaining effective traffic movement. Marshals will be stationed along the route to regulate the parade flow. The Caribbean Days Festival committee reserves the right to remove entrants who are deemed to be uncooperative.

Washrooms

Port-a-potties are located at the start of the parade route (corner of 13th Street and Lonsdale Avenue) and in Waterfront Park (on Esplanade Avenue). Please contact a volunteer wearing an orange and yellow fluorescent reflective vest to assist you if required.

Garbage Cans

The TTCSBC is please to inform you of our green initiative in the parade. You will notice several locations along the parade route with blue bins specifically reserved for recycling. All spectators and parade participants are asked to place all refuse in the appropriate receptacle in support of the protection of the environment.

Vendors

There are no food or drink vendors along the parade route. All food and beverage vendors are set up in Waterfront Park located at the end of the parade route. Please bring your own water to keep hydrated.

Security

Security staff and RCMP Officers are situated in several locations along the parade route to ensure of participant and spectator's safety.

First Aid

First Aid Stations are located in Waterfront Park along Esplanade Avenue and at the rear of the parade route for emergency situations. In the event of an emergency, please contact a volunteer wearing an orange and yellow fluorescent reflective vest to assist you.

Traffic Control

RCMP will be monitoring traffic along the parade route. All participants are required to follow the directions of the CDF Parade Marshal and the Police Officers at all times.

Volunteers

Committee volunteers are easily identified along the parade route wearing orange and yellow fluorescent reflective vests. All of our volunteers are available to assist you with your needs along the parade route.

Safety/Spectators

Currently there are no barricades between parade participants and the spectators. Spectators are situated along the parade route on both sides of the roadway. All spectators are advised to stay in the designated pedestrian area along the parade route when parade is in motion. For your safety, it is expected that spectators do not cross the route after the parade starts. If you must cross the street, ask a Police Officer or a Parade Marshal to escort you.

Children

All children are to be supervised at all times when parade vehicles are in motion. It is the responsibility of each participating group to ensure the safety of all persons riding on the floats and all persons walking around the vehicle.

Music Tariffs (SOCAN)

As a music producer, the TTCSBC receives a Performing Rights License for using copyright protected music during our event as required by Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN). This Society ensures that music creators and their publishers get paid for the communication to the public performance of their music. All performers are required to submit a playlist to the TTCSBC prior to performing.

Disclaimer

All parade participants enter the Caribbean Days Festival Parade at their own risk and subject to the rules and regulations of the Caribbean Days Festival. Further they agree that if any charges be occasioned, or loss or damage occurs from cause of vehicle, article or person that I may enter, that I will make no claim against the Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of BC, committee members and other persons associated with the Caribbean Days Festival Parade. The TTCSBC will do everything possible to ensure of the safety of all participants and volunteers in the Multicultural Parade and the Festival grounds. If you encounter any unpleasant behavior on the festival grounds please contact one of our volunteers, security staff or RCMP officer for assistance.

Entry Forms & Regulations

Please print and read the following documents and submit the Entry and Waiver forms by the deadline.

PDF Parade Entry Form

PDF Rules & Policies

PDF Invitation Package

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Contact Info

Kindly submit your application to:

Del Friday/Nigel Headly, Parade Coordinators
Trinidad & Tobago Cultural Society of British Columbia

Suite 635
4974 Kingsway Avenue
Burnaby, BC V5H 4M9

Phone: (604) 515-2400
E-Mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it