Photos: Carnaval del Sol brightens up Granville Street in downtown Vancouver
There were a few clouds in the sky, but that didn't stop large crowds from gathering on Granville Street for the fourth annual Carnaval del Sol.
The two-day Latin American festival brings people from across the region together to celebrate the food, music, art, and dance from the area stretching from the Rio Grande along the Mexican border in the north all the way to Tierra del Fuego at the southern tip of South America.
Dancers entertain the crowd outside a Venezeulan booth.
One of the more entertaining moments came when people in the crowd spontaneously started dancing in response to a band near the corner of Granville and Georgia streets. The fun continues in the area until 10 p.m.
They truly were dancing in the streets today in Vancouver.
On Thursday (June 28), the first Latin American Awards ceremony was held in Vancouver as part of Carnaval del Sol. The winners were chef Pedro Guillen, Vancouver Latin American Film Festival founder Victor Martinez, and Rick Craig, executive director of the Justice Education Society. Craig's group has shone a spotlight on human-rights abuses in Latin America.
Below, you'll see some snapshots I took while strolling along Granville Street this afternoon.
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