Sunday funfest brings huge crowds to multiple educational, cultural and local events

Sunday funfest brings huge crowds to multiple educational, cultural and local events
Crowds pack Cook Street for the Cook Street Block Party, Sunday, June 9, 2024.

There was no lack of fun and festivities this weekend in Victoria.

The 10th Annual World Ocean Day celebrations at Fisherman’s Wharf wrapped up Ocean Week, bringing together various conservation organizations from around the Salish Sea.

Robert Lewis-Manning, CEO of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, told CHEK, “We do this as a partner with Eagle Wing Tours and the 27 exhibitions you can see all around.”

“It’s an exciting day to celebrate our oceans and put a focus on protecting those oceans for the long term, and I think that’s important for everyone, and there’s lots of work still to do.”

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Over in Saanich at Beckwith Park, the India Fest marked its return since the COVID-19 pandemic.

“It’s for people to experience the vibrant culture of India because it’s such a big country with many cultures within and this is a great opportunity to share that with the Victoria community,” said Yamani Iyer, founder of Bollywood Beats Victoria.

The festival also featured guest performers including  Salsa Caliente, an internationally touring dance group from Victoria.

Director Christina Morrison says, “It’s great to be involved with the other cultures in Victoria coming together for one big performance with the community. We love it.”

“It’s really nice to be able to show what we do at home because we don’t get the chance to very often,” added Morrison.

Meanwhile, thousands of people flocked to Cook Street’s Village Block Party.

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Oscar Street to Park Boulevard was closed to traffic as it transformed into a pedestrian-only marketplace, complete with vendors, food, live music, dog races, and other activities and games.

Businesses like Big Wheel Burger welcomed the return of the block party.

“There’s a lot of families, a lot of communities, lots of friendly faces, familiar faces and a lot of good energy today,” said service operation manager Aidan Felker.

Victoria’s line-up of festivals this weekend was blessed with tons of sunshine and no shortage of community spirit.

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