For the first time in Vancouver, Filipinos and Canadians alike will be able to celebrate Filipino culture in a huge outdoor street parade on August 14th.
Despite the fact that Filipinos are one of the largest non-European ethnic groups in Canada - only surpassed by the Chinese and Indian communities - Filipino culture hasn't really been celebrated or showcased in Vancouver as other cultures have been. We've got annual cultural events like the Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown, the Vaisakhi Festival on Main Street, the Powell Street Festival in Japantown, Greek Summer Festival in East Vancouver, and Caribbean Days Festival in North Vancouver -- but this year will mark Vancouver's first Filipino cultural street festival, Pinoy Fiesta.
Anyone who has been to the Philippines during the months of December and January knows that Filipinos have some pretty crazy events and festivals happening during that time of year. (For anyone thinking of visiting the Philippines for the first time, it's definitely a good idea to only go during those two months. Flights are more expensive during that time, but it's really the only time to go.) Now, thanks to the work of various Filipino associations, businesses, and groups in the city, Vancouver will have a taste of some of the festivals of different regions in the Philippines. This will, of course, include very bright costumes, good food, and plenty of entertainment.
The Pinoy Fiesta parade will start at 32nd Avenue and Fraser Street at 9:00am on Saturday, August 14th, and go to St. Patrick's Church via 16th Avenue. Filipinos know how to throw a good party, so Pinoy Fiesta will definitely be something you won't want to miss. Learn more about Pinoy Fiesta Vancouver on the official website.
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