Leicester Caribbean Carnival
Saturday 1 August 2015
Victoria Park and city centre
Leicester Caribbean Carnival is a hugely popular multicultural event, celebrating the diverse cultures in Leicester while keeping the cultural traditions of the Caribbean alive. It is one of the largest multicultural events in the East Midlands with an estimated 80,000 people on the parade route and 20,000 on the park.
This year Leicester Caribbean Carnival celebrates 30 years of carnival with the theme The Americas.
Soak up the excitement of this year’s event from 11am at the carnival village on Victoria Park; featuring three music stages plus main stage, a variety of art, craft and food stalls from the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, children's village and funfair.
The official opening ceremony begins at 12.30pm followed by the street carnival showcasing floats from Luton, London, Huddersfield, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. The procession transforms the city with their vibrant coloured costumes and presentations before then returning to Victoria Park for a final performance in the main arena.
View the Carnival brochure here
Programme of events
9am - 11am: Mandela Park activities
10.30am - 12.30pm: Contrast Steelband (Granville Road)
11am: Carnival Village opens to the public
12:30pm: Offical Carnival opening
1pm: Street Carnival of troupes & floats
2pm: Main stage activities
8pm: Carnival ends
Entry to Victoria £2
Under 12's and over 60's free
Carnival parade route
View the Carnival parade route map here
Please note that closures are expected to be in place along the route between 12.30pm and 4.30pm with parking and access restrictions throughout the day.
Travelling to Leicester Caribbean Carnival
For information about how to get to Leicester, see our dedicated travel section.
Visitors to Leicester Caribbean Carnival are reminded that no public parking will be available on Victoria Park, De Montfort Street and Lancaster Road on Carnival Day. We recommend visitors use public car parking in the city centre and travel to the carnival on foot or by public transport.
If travelling by train please follow the flags on leaving the station for a short walk to Victoria Park.
Disabled parking is limited to the spaces available at the main entrance to De Montort Hall on a first-come first-served basis to blue badge holders.
A small bike park will be available near the entrance to De Montfort Hall and Coach Drive, access via the University entrance to Granville Road.
Changes to bus routes and roads during the Caribbean Carnival
There will be a number of road closures and changes to bus stops The carnival will parade through the city on the way to its final destination at Victoria Park. The procession will follow a route into the city centre, including London Road, Waterloo Way, Charles Street, Belgrave Gate, Gallowtree Gate and Granby Street before returning along London Road to Victoria Park.
As a result, buses will be unable to serve London Road, between Victoria Park and the city centre from 12.45pm until late afternoon. Buses that serve stops in Charles Street, Humberstone Gate East and Haymarket will be diverted from early afternoon (1.15pm – 2pm) until the parade has passed through the City Centre.
Coach services departing from St Margaret’s Bus Station will not be affected.
Park and Ride services will continue to operate but service 303 will not serve Haymarket while the Parade is in the Centre.
We recommend the Choose How You Move Leicester & Leicestershire website, which can help you plan your journey within the city and county.
For the latest updates follow the carnival on facebook /LeicesterCaribbeanCarnival and on twitter @Leics_Carnival
For further details:
Tel: 0116 273 6649