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New Carnaval Street Party to take over Bannatyne Avenue in Exchange District

Winnipeg’s Exchange District will be moving to the beats of Brazilian, Caribbean and Latino music this weekend, as several local businesses close down Bannatyne Avenue for the inaugural Carnaval Street Party.

From 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday and 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Bannatyne between Rorie Street and Waterfront Drive will be shut down to traffic and open for pedestrians to enjoy live music, performances and sample delicious food.

Corrientes Pizzeria, Boon Burger, Alive in the District and Hermanos Restaurant and Wine Bar are hosting the Carnaval, which is carnival in Spanish and Portuguese.

Organizer Alejandro Mora said while most Canadians relate carnaval with Brazil, carnavals actually take place all over the Caribbean and Latin America.

“(Our) festival will showcase the vibrancy of these cultures along with the vibrancy often found on Bannatyne Avenue as a result of its existing businesses,” added Mora. “The entertainment will explore the dances, music and cultures from the regions carnaval was conceived.”

Mora said there will be a main stage along with three extended patios for people to enjoy. Among the musical acts are Mariachi Ghost and Marco Castillo and band.

Local samba dancer and instructor Marcia Monteggia, also one of the main performers, said Winnipeggers can expect to see and hear high energy dances and music by local artists.

“I think the idea is fantastic, it will promote different cultures working together,” said Monteggia, who runs the Made in Brazil School of Samba and teaches at the University of Winnipeg and Aboriginal School of Dance on Osborne.

“The grand vision is that we have an event which will grow every year, bigger and bigger … We are looking forward to seeing a full crowd of people enjoying the music, drinks and food.”

Monteggia said the Carnaval Street Party is also the official grand opening for Corrientes Pizzeria and Boon Burger, businesses that are helping to revitalize the Exchange District.

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