This week Latincouver presents the Latin American Carnaval Week featuring Carnaval del Sol, Vancouver’s Latin American celebration of arts and culture. It kicked off last night with a themed float in the Canada Day parade and we’re in store for much more in the coming days. Hundreds of volunteers will welcome an expected 100,000 people to this energetic festival downtown filled with dance, music, soccer, and more spanning several blocks.
Miss604 is a proud Official Media Partner of Carnaval del Sol and as such, I will be featuring various components of the festival over the next few days. For now, here’s an overall glance at what we can expect from this exciting celebration:
Inspirational Latin Awards
Connecting the Latin community in Vancouver, the Inspirational Latin Awards gala on Thursday, July 4, 2013 will recognize distinguished members of the Latin American community for their outstanding achievements and contributions in shaping BC’s economy and cultural developments. The event will run from 7:00pm to midnight at the Roundhouse Community Centre and include the awards ceremony, a cocktail reception, and a silent auction. Purchase your tickets for the Inspirational Latin Awards today.
5th Annual Carnaval del Sol
Over 80 musicians and performers will take to the streets for Carnaval del Sol on Saturday, July 6th from 11:00am to 8:00pm and Sunday, July 7th, 2013 from 11:00am to 6:00pm.
Festival stages and performance locations will be setup along Granville between Hastings and Smithe, over at the Tom Lee Musical Plaza. There will be food vendors, a craft market, children’s area, environmental education activities, dancing, music, and much more. Admission is entirely free.
Mini World Cup Street Soccer
There is still time to sign up and register your team for the Mini World Cup Street Soccer Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Carnaval de Sol. The tournament is supported by Vancouver Whitecaps FC and will be attended by the Mayor of Vancouver who will award the championship trophy.
Whitecaps Noche Latina
Vancouver Whitecaps FC are supporters of Latincouver and they will have a presence at Carnaval del Sol. The team will also be hosting Noche Latina, a special theme for their match on July 14th.
There is still a call for volunteers for the Carnaval del Sol street festival as well as teams to play in the street soccer tournament. Connect with Carnaval del Sol (Facebook, Twitter) and Latincouver (Facebook, Twitter) on social media to follow news and updates. The official hashtag is #CarnavaldelSol and add Latincouver on Instagram for photos.
Carnaval Overtime Contest
The closing gala of Carnaval del Sol will take place on Sunday, July 7th at VENUE nightclub starting at 8:00pm. It will be open to the public (tickets are on sale now for $25) and the many volunteers who will make the event possible.
Update I have a pair of tickets to give away if you would like to attend the Carnaval Overtime closing party. Here’s how you can enter to win:
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 9:00am on Sunday, July 7, 2013. Must be 19+. Please enjoy responsibly.