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Volunteers

Become a Volunteer

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Twin Cities Carifest for the 27th-anniversary festival. We have a huge year ahead of us, and with your help, we are looking forward to producing a spectacular 3-day event.

Sponsors

Become a Sponsor

Carifest has grown every year and is planning for continued growth in 2018. Individuals and businesses recognize the value of the community enriching event that promotes greater respect for diversity and inspires visitors of all ages.

Vendors

Become a Vendor

Vendors are part of the community. They add to the variety of the festival as well as provide a very important aspect — the food. All types of vendors are encouraged to participate.

Twin Cities Carifest 2020

The mission of Carifest is to strengthen and to educate the greater community at large about Caribbean culture and current issues impacting countries in the Caribbean through the organization of cultural events. We strive to create a unified and culturally rooted Caribbean community within the Twin Cities while promoting philanthropy among local businesses.

Our vision is to bring to light the heritage of our underrepresented community while creating a platform for members to engage and share their culture with other communities. We see ourselves as one of the top leaders in the U.S. for Caribbean Carnival celebrations.

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What We Do

We are a 501(c)3 organization that manages all aspects of Carifest, the annual celebration of Caribbean arts and culture in Minnesota. We are a small group of volunteers who in addition to our regular jobs, contribute our time and efforts to raise funds, seek and book performers, secure licenses and manage just about every little detail to put on this annual

Mission & Vision


The mission of Carifest is to strengthen and to educate the greater community at large about Caribbean culture and current issues impacting countries in the Caribbean through the organization of cultural events. We strive to create a unified and culturally rooted Caribbean community within the Twin Cities while promoting philanthropy among local businesses.

Carifest History


Twin Cities Carifest began as a grass-roots celebration of the Caribbean cultural heritage in 1994. Now approaching our 21st anniversary, Carifest has grown to provide festival-goers of all ages and backgrounds the ultimate arts fusion experience featuring: colorful Caribbean flair, danceable live calypso and reggae beats, vibrant parade costumes and more. Each element is as diverse as the islands themselves.

Masquerade Parade

Individuals or groups are welcome to participate in the parade. Showcase your company, cultural group, float or your own costume. Complete the registration or call 612-239-8384 for more information.

We also have costumes available for those interested. Contact 612-239-8384 or contact TwinCitiesCarifest@gmail.com, providing the following information: name, age, gender, size and contact information.

Did you know that CARIFEST can only happen with your help?

Learn about the Caribbean

Trinidad & Tobago

The red base represents the vigor of the land in Trinidad and Tobago, the friendliness and courage of its people, and the sun. The black represents the unity and strength of the people, as well as the natural wealth of the country. The white represents the surrounding sea and the purity and equality of all people under the sun.

Antigua & Burbuda

In the Antigua and Barbuda flag, the star/sun combination represents the dawning of a new era. The red represents the energy of the people and the blue symbolizes hope. The African ancestry of the people is represented by the black. The sun, sand, and sea are represented by the flag's combination of yellow blue and white.

Guyana

The green symbolizes Guyana's forests, vegetation, and agriculture. The Golden Arrowhead represents the country's mineral wealth and its golden future. The red stands for the country's eagerness and enthusiasm to embrace the nation-building process. The black indicates their perseverance and endurance.

The Carifest Team

James Byron originally from Trinidad and Tobago, has been living in Minneapolis, Minnesota since 1989. James has a degree in business management and currently owns and operates a retail business. James has been an active supporter of Carifest for 14 years. James is very interested in advancing the culture of Trinidad and Tobago and the West Indies as a whole throughout the Midwest.

James Byron

Director of Community Outreach
Donna Rankin is a native of Antigua and Barbuda. Arriving in Minnesota after attending college in Trinidad for stage production and dance. Once in Minnesota, she attended Dental School and also Event Planning. Ms. Rankin has been volunteering with Carifest and other non-profits for the past 17 plus years while staging many events and fundraisers. Ms. Rankin has contributed her knowledge to her community in helping to build a better and stronger Caribbean community in MN.

Donna Rankin

Managing Director
Charles Peterson hails from Antigua & Barbuda and now lives in the Twin Cities. Charles, as a founding member of the Twin Cities Carifest and the new Co-Executive director, believes that culture defines a person. Charles is also a founding member of the Minnesota Cricket Association, and cricket is considered the glue that binds the West Indies. Charles has always been involved in cultural exchange and continues to be an ambassador for Caribbean culture, and advocates for a united West Indies.

Charles Peterson

Executive Director

Upcoming Events

Taking part in any of our events means you’ll be a part of something special

Workshop

To Be Announced

9am

AUG 16

Carifest Day

11 am - 10 pm

11am

July 27

After Party

To Be Announced

10PM

July 27th

Basic training course of Meta-Facilitation

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08AM

AUG 21

Tower Run

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06PM

AUG 28

Courage Classic bicycle tour

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09AM

AUG 16

Strengthening - Educating - Entertaining Our Community

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