International Caribbean Carnivals

Caribbean Carnivals

International Caribbean Carnivals



Carifest Parade in Calgary

"Caribe-Expo" – In the city of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

"Carifiesta" – In the city of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, typically 2–3 weeks before Toronto's Caribana.

"Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto" – In Toronto, Ontario, it draws close to a million visitors to the city. Formerly "Caribana", it is known as the best Caribbean carnival outside of Trinidad and Tobago.

"Carnival" – In the city of Hamilton, 1 week after Toronto's Caribana.

"Carifest" – In the city of Edmonton in Alberta, Canada.

"Cariwest" – Held annually the second week of August in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Cariwest boasts an amazing display of masqueraders in the main parade, and is a beautiful festival full of food and entertainment in the heart of downtown.

(Barrie's Caribfest[1] is Canada’s second largest Caribbean Festival. It is held on the shores of Lake Simcoe in the beautiful city of Barrie. However, the activities extends throughout downtown Barrie as the costume wind its way through downtown streets, along Lakeshore Drive to Centennial Park, the location of the main stage. This dynamic, exciting event features some of the best Canadian and international Caribbean performers in music, dance, costumes, and world drumming.) Barrie's outdoor Caribbean Carnival has been cancelled. Kindly use our contact form to let us know if you have updated information.

One of the unique attraction that distinguishes this Caribbean event is the location where it is held. People from the GTA have commented on the fact that they can jump up in the parade and at the end of the day jump in the lake to have a swim. This gives the event a unique Caribbean feel which has not been duplicated by any other Caribbean related event in Canada.

This dynamic, exciting event features some of the best Canadian and international Caribbean performers in music, dance, costumes, and world drumming.

Events are held from Friday to Sunday throughout every third weekend of August



Carnaval Antillais de Colombes – every year late June.

Carnaval Tropical de Paris – every year early July.


Berlin – Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures),[2] every year in May (Whitsuntide weekend)

The Netherlands

Rotterdam – "Summer Carnival" Zomercarnaval: Occurs every year in July. Each year there are more than 800.000 visitors.


United Kingdom

Leicester Caribbean Carnival

Birmingham – "Birmingham International Carnival"

Isle of Wight –

Leicester – "Leicester Caribbean Carnival"

London – "Notting Hill Carnival" - in Notting Hill located in Northwest London,

Leeds – "Leeds West Indian Carnival" - Sometimes referred to as Chapeltown Carnival; the oldest West Indian Carnival in Europe.

Nottingham – "Nottingham Caribbean Carnival", at the Forest Recreation Ground in Nottingham,

Bristol – "St Pauls Carnival" [4]

Preston – "Preston Caribbean Carnival" [5]


United States

Atlanta Carnival[6] Atlanta, GA – Last weekend in May, usually falls on Memorial Day weekend

Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Caribbean-American Festival held every July in Druid Hill Park neighborhood in Baltimore.[7]

Boston, MA – Last Saturday in August, Dorchester, MA

Cambridge, MA – Cambridge Carnival International, September 12 – Held in Kendall Square

Chicago, IL – Chicago CARIFETE, Third Saturday in August, on the Midway Plaisance in the confines of the University of Chicago Campus.

Austin, TX – Carnaval Brasileiro, February the 3rd

Broward/Miami Caribbean Carnival [8] Miami, FL – The second weekend in October, Columbus Day weekend.

Houston, TX – Usually the weekend around Fourth of July.

Long Island, NY – Weekend after Labor Day Carnival – Held in Hempstead

Minneapolis, MN – CARIFEST – Usually held the fourth weekend of July along West River Road right next to the Mississippi River. (


Labor Day Carnival

New Orleans, LA – In November, the bayou Bacchanal[9] is held on the first Saturday in downtown and Armstrong Park.

New York, NY – Labor Day Carnival – Held in Brooklyn, along Eastern Parkway, with over 2.3 million visitors annually

Orlando, FL – This is usually held the last weekend in May, which is typically Memorial Day weekend. Most recently been held at the Citrus Bowl.

Seattle, WA – Pioneer Square, annual Fat Tuesday celebration.

Tacoma, WA – PLU campus Carnival, near Fat Tuesday

Tampa, FL – Usually held the beginning of June in St. Petersburg, FL (Greater Tampa Bay Area) at Vinoy Park. Recently moved for 2011 to Raymond James Stadium.

Norfolk,VA – Virginia CaribFest,[10](2nd weekend in July)

Washington D.C. – DC Caribbean Festival,[11] usually between June 16–24 every year.

Charleston Carifest, Charleston, SC – Third weekend in June (a week before DC Caribbean Festival).

Source: Wikipedia