List of carnivals around the world

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Caribbean Carnival[1] is the term used in the English speaking world for a series of events Throughout almost the whole year that take place in many of the Caribbean islands annually and worldwide.[2]

The Caribbean's carnivals have several common themes, many originating from Trinidad and Tobago Carnival,[3] based on folklore, culture, religion, and tradition (thus relating to the European use of the word, not amusement rides, as the word "carnival" is often used to mean in American English.[4] Carnival tradition is based on a number of disciplines including: "Playing Mas"/masquerade; calypso music and crowning a Calypso King or Monarch; Panorama (steel band competition); J'ouvert morning; and a number of other traditions.[1]

Local Caribbean carnivals[edit]

Approximate dates are given for the concluding festivities. Carnival season may last for over a month prior to the concluding festivities, and the exact dates vary from year to year.

International Caribbean carnivals[edit]


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.
  • "Peeks Toronto Caribbean Carnival" — In Toronto, Ontario, it draws close to a million visitors to the city. Formerly "Caribana".
  • "Carnival"(cancelled) — In the city of Hamilton, 1 week after Toronto's Caribana.
  • "Carifest" — In the city of Calgary 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[43] (parade has been cancelled since 2011) 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 extend throughout downtown Barrie as the costume bands wind 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.

A unique attraction distinguishing this Caribbean event is its location. 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. The Grand Parade in Toronto is held on the first Saturday of August to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade on August 1st, 1838.


2014 Tropical Carnival of Paris
  • Carnaval Antillais de Colombes — every year late June.
  • Carnaval Tropical de Paris — every year early July.
  • Carnaval of French West Indies, about two months between the Sunday of Epiphany and Ash Wednesday[44]


  • Berlin — Karneval der Kulturen (Carnival of Cultures),[45] every year in May (Whitsuntide weekend)

The Netherlands[edit]

  • Rotterdam — "Summer Carnival" Zomercarnaval: occurs every year in July. Each year there are more than 800.000 visitors.[46]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "WIADRA westindian carnival organisation". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "List of Carnival and the world". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "A brief History of Carnival". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Meaning of "carnival" in the English Dictionary". Retrieved 17 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Anguilla Summer Festival
  6. ^ Antigua Carnival facebook page
  7. ^ Barbuda Caribana facebook page
  8. ^ Visit Aruba: Aruba Carnival
  9. ^ Barbados Crop Over Calendar
  10. ^ Belize Carnival
  11. ^ Tourism Bonaire: Carnival on Bonaire
  12. ^ "BVI August Festival". Bareboats BVI. Archived from the original on 2015-12-28. 
  13. ^ BVI Tourism: Virgin Gorda Easter Festival Celebrations
  14. ^ Cayman Carnival Batabano
  15. ^ Cuban Adventures: Carnival in Santiago de Cuba
  16. ^ Cuba Absolutely: The Havana Carnival
  17. ^ Curacao Carnival Info: Schedule
  18. ^ Dominica Carnival
  19. ^ Dominican Republic Carnival / Carnaval
  20. ^ Party Grenada: Carriacou Carnival
  21. ^ Spicemas
  22. ^ Guadeloupe Islands Tourist Board: Carnaval Archived 2013-05-30 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ Guyana Government Information Agency: Mashramani
  24. ^ Haiti Travels: Carnival Archived 2012-12-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  25. ^ Bacchanal Jamaica
  26. ^ Martinique Carnival Archived 2013-04-24 at the Wayback Machine.
  27. ^ Montserrat Tourist Board: Our Carnival Archived 2013-05-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  28. ^ Smithsonian: A Puerto Rican Carnival
  29. ^ Saba Carnival facebook page
  30. ^ Hello St-Barts Carnival
  31. ^ Lucian Carnival Events
  32. ^ St. Kitts Nevis National Carnival
  33. ^ Nevis Culturama
  34. ^ Saint-Martin Carnival Committee
  35. ^ St Vincent and the Grenadines Carnival
  36. ^ St Eustatius Tourism Development Foundation: Carnival
  37. ^ St. Maarten Carnival facebook page
  38. ^ National Carnival Commission of Trinidad and Tobago Carnival Dates Archived 2013-04-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  39. ^ Go Trinidad and Tobago: Tobago Carnival
  40. ^ St Croix Festival
  41. ^ VInow: Virgin Islands Carnival Celebrations
  42. ^ VI Carnival facebook page
  43. ^ Welcome to the Barrie Caribbean Festival
  44. ^ Guadeloupe-guide: Events in Guadeloupe
  45. ^ Karneval der Kulturen
  46. ^ Summer Carnival,
  47. ^ St Pauls Carnival Archived 2008-08-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  48. ^ Preston Caribbean Carnival
  49. ^ Atlanta Carnival
  50. ^ BCA Carnival
  52. ^ Bayou Bacchanal
  53. ^
  54. ^ Carnaval San Francisco Parade
  55. ^ Virginia Caribfest
  56. ^ DC Caribbean Festival
  57. ^ Worcester Caribbean American Carnival Archived 2015-02-04 at the Wayback Machine.

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