Leicester Caribbean Carnival

  • Leicester Caribbean Carnival is a company limited by guarantee and is organised from a carnival arts/creation centre in North Evington, Leicester. Chaired by Dennis Sugar Christopher, the carnival has only one employed staff member, Carnival Coordinator Juliette Brade, with significant reliance on volunteer community support.

    In 2010 Leicester Caribbean Carnival celebrated twenty-five years of delivery with a parade that included eighteen costumed bands including visiting troupes from London, Luton, Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds and Bradford. The Carnival attracts a multi cultural audience in excess of 20,000 and is usually featured on regional television and local radio channels.


    Mayor Peter Soulsby said “This carnival is such an important part of our summer in this great city”.

    Councillor Majula Sood added “What a vibrant, beautiful, multicultural carnival – this is so fantastic for the city”.

    Leicester’s community-organised Caribbean Carnival has been held annually since 1985 (with one exception in 2006) always on the first Saturday in August. The event involves a parade around the city of Leicester (usually taking in the city centre and the suburb of Highfields) and a culminating event in Victoria Park (originally the event was at Spinney Hill Park), complete with live performance stage, Carnival Village and  fun fair.


    This is the third-largest Caribbean Carnival in the UK, after the Leeds and London Notting Hill Carnivals, and aspires to maintain and share Caribbean cultural traditions, especially focusing on the music of soca and calypso.

  • Leicester Caribbean Carnival returns on Saturday 5th August 2017 with their new theme for the year “It’s a Celebration”. Come on out and support our costumed bands and floats participating in our Street Carnival which starts from our Carnival Village at Victoria Park, before making its way to the City Centre and back to the […]

    11 January 2017
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