LloydFest, a two-day summer celebration, was the first to bring the atmosphere of carnival to Lloydminster.
It brought together over 23 ethnocultural communities for ancestral education and demonstration of intercultural linkages through dance, arts, and food. There were social opportunities for people to interact across many differences (age, gender, sexuality, ability, culture, etc.).
The high point of the festival was a colourful street parade lead by Indigenous Friends. Participants from different countries clad in beautiful carnival costumes made their way to Bud Miller picnic shelter on Saturday in the great sunny weather. It was a beautiful sight to behold with hundreds of attendees lining both sides of the road.
The event included a one-day beer garden at Lakeland College from 8:00 – 11:00 p.m.
Bud Miller was filled with 26 tent food vendors selling food from 10 different countries for two days.