Carifiesta Parade Photos

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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Rosana Prada

    Carifiesta, aka Carifête, is a Montreal tradition, the city's answer to Christianity's carnival festivities commonly held just before Lent. Colorful costumes, vibrant music, copious exclamations of joy and dance come with the territory but unlike traditions in New Orleans, Rio de Janeiro, or even Greece, carnival time comes in the thick of summer in Montreal since, well, Lent occurs in the smack of winter on the North American continent. And considering THIS is what winter looks like in Montreal, you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone crazy enough to taunt a frostbitten fate into reminding the masses why flesh-baring carnival costumes in subzero weather is a big, fat NO NO.

    See Also: When and Where is the Next Carifiesta?

    Besides, Carifiesta isn't really a pre-Lent observation in the first place. It never was. Rather, Carifête is a celebration of Montreal's Caribbean communities and perhaps a reminder that not too long ago, many ancestors of these community members were...MORE enslaved. Furthermore, their slave "owners" did not let them join in these pre-Lent celebrations. With that in mind, Carnival's and Carifiesta's roots lie in emancipation, freedom, a chance to symbolically take back what too many ancestors lost. It's also a chance to honor various island cultures and even Central and South American communities that contribute to Montreal's multifaceted and multicultural nature. This city would be lesser without them.

    An annual parade in effect since 1974, Carifiesta is usually held the first Saturday of July and attracts a crowd in the upwards of 100,000 people, especially since 2014 its route shifted from René-Lévesque to downtown Montreal's chief commercial thoroughfare, Ste. Catherine Street.

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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
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    Montreal's Carifiesta Parade: A Carnival in Photos

    Carifiesta parade photos taken in Montreal (Carifete).
    ••• Photo by Flickr user Rosana Prada