Thousands of people turned out to hear the beats, bake in the sun, taste the food, and enjoy the culture at the 12th annual Caribbean Festival in Maple Ridge on Saturday.
“It’s a perfect start to the summer,” said festival organizer Deddy Geese. “It’s running like a well-oiled machine.”
Geese commented that he was surprised by the attendance numbers by midday on Saturday.
“I’m so surprised that by 2 p.m. it was absolutely packed,” he explained.
Ineke Beokhorst, the executive director of the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association, said she was meeting people from all over B.C. who have come to Maple Ridge for the festival.
“I spoke to people from Kelowna, Bellingham, Sunshine Coast, people from everywhere,” said Beokhorst.
“Saturday used to be our slow day, and we are so impressed with the turnout today,” she said.