Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Girl dressed in costume at Caribbean Carnival

Leicester Caribbean Carnival
Saturday 1 August 2015
From 11am
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.

Want to get involved in Leicester Caribbean Carnival 2015?

Leicester Caribbean Carnival Ltd is inviting local artists who wish to perform on the main stage on Carnival Day 1st August 2015 to register to participate in the event. Registration is by email only.

Send email to info@leicestercarnival.com with your name and telephone number and where possible provide us with a sample of your presentation. This could either be in video or audio format. We would then contact you to arrange a time slot for an audition. The audition will take place on Saturday 20 June from 1pm – 4pm at the Carnival Office, 2B Elizabeth Street, Leicester, LE5 4FL.

For those already confirmed by us for the main stage, please note you are not required to attend the audition. The audition will be conducted by Cheryl Armatrading & her team.

Street Vendors Licensing:
Persons who have in the past been selling balloons, whistles and other memorabilia on the carnival parade route are asked to note that this year they will require licences to operate.

Because the trading activity is associated with the Carnival, Leicester Caribbean Carnival Ltd has been granted permission to purchase licences on behalf of these traders provided that their applications to trade are received by the 2nd of July. Please note this does not apply to traders wanting to set up fixed units, but rather to persons trading to the waiting crowd on the parade route and those who walk along with the procession.

Street vendors who are interested in applying for these licences will need to call 0116 273 6649 or send an email to info@leicestercarnival.com no later than the 21st of June 2015. Only a limited number of licences would be issued and these are on a first come first served basis.

Please note persons who do not have the necessary licences could have their goods confiscated.

For the latest updates follow the carnival on facebook /LeicesterCaribbeanCarnival and on twitter @Leics_Carnival

For further details:
Tel: 0116 273 6649
Email: info@leicestercarnival.com