Leicester's Caribbean Carnival

Join the 60 thousand plus people who come year after year to see the largest multi-cultural event in the Midlands - described as Britain's BIGGEST regional carnival !

Year 2001's Carnival Theme:
The theme for year 2001's Leicester Caribbean Carnival was " Festivals Around The World". The purpose being to include as many of Leicester's various cultures and organizations as possible.

Leicester Carnival Committee positively encourages the various African, Chinese, Asian, North and South American, Eastern and Western European, Australian and other communities and organizations to be represented by portraying their festivals.

In recent years Leicester has seen the arrival of refugees and asylum seekers from various parts of the world. Year 2001's Carnival theme helped positively to make them feel welcome and included.

It is our belief that by celebrating our World Festivals, we will educate each other about ourselves which will help to foster greater understanding and help prepare us for "The Year Of Cultural Diversity In 2002" .

All types of food and drink, clothing, promotional material and art and craft is sold at the various stalls on the park. with amusements galore in the fun fair section and kiddies corner, plus music for dancing all over the grounds. The main Carnival stage, as well as two smaller stages, providing live entertainment throughout the day ranging from calypso, reggae, R&B, religious music and Afro Caribbean drumming to name just a few.

The Parade begins and ends at Leicester's Victoria Park, and it is there the stalls, amusements and other forms of entertainment are located. Here you will meet your friends and relatives you haven't seen in a long time - if you can manage to locate them in the crowds !

Carnival Day is always celebrated at Victoria Park on the first Saturday in August to coincide with the anniversary of emancipation from slavery. Pre-Carnival events are usually held in the week prior to Carnival Day. 2001's Carnival was celebrated from July 29th to August 4th, 2001.

The Carnival organizers would welcome other communities to participate in the carnival to reflect the cultural diversity of Leicestershire and also to demonstrate the theme.

2001's "Carnival Season" kicked off with the carnival event at De Montfort Hall on Saturday July 28th when the Carnival Queen, Mama, Papa, Prince and Princess were selected. Entertainers included the Black Inspiration Dance Company. Showtime began at 8:00pm.

The City center streets then saw the carnival promotion events during the week beginning July 31st. On Carnival Day the procession lefte the park for the city center via Highfields before returning to the Park where there was a variety of entertainment. This included three music stages, numerous stalls and a host of other activities.

Victoria Park


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