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The second annual Bannatyne Carnaval Street Festival was held on August 23rd and 24th. A true community event, with two stages of free live entertainment on Bannatyne between Waterfront Dr. and Rorie St.

Three big patios were setup to allow for patrons to sit and enjoy a beverage and food at Corrientes Argentine Pizza, Carnaval BBQ Restaurant and Liv in the Exchange. There were also two beer garden areas, with cocktails available from Prairie 360 and Billabong Gastropub as well as craft beers from Barley Brothers. If you were hungry, there were BBQ stations from Corrientes serving deer, elk and pulled port sliders, and Carnaval, featuring a full pig BBQ'd the Brazilian way on a cross over a wood fire.

Entertainment was amazing! The headliner act, Thiago Correa, direct from Brazil, had a crowd dancing in front of the stage whenever they played. Other crowd-pleasers included Marco Castillo, Combo Latino and Paradize Band.

Marcia Monteggia made sure everyone was on their feet when she and two students of her samba school starting dancing through the street. The amazing music, combined with Marcia's costumed samba, and a hot and humid street filled with happy people, made for a true Carnaval ending to the evening, and to a successful event.