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Preston Guild City

Caribbean Carnival

Close up of woman with caribbean head dress in Preston

The Caribbean Carnival celebrates the flamboyant, creative Caribbean culture within our city. A procession, featuring people of all ages and communities, weaves its way around Preston city centre bringing the streets alive with an array of colours, fantastic costumes, live music and dancing. The procession is led by the carnival King and Queen who a few weeks prior are crowned having won prestigious titles for most amazing costumes of the year. The procession ends in Moor Park where stalls, food, drink and family entertainment await.

Crowning of the Carnival King and Queen

The Caribbean Carnival is preceded by the crowning of the Carnival King and Queen a couple of weekends prior to the carnival. Months are spent making costumes based on a new theme chosen every year. At the crowning competition potential King's and Queen's showcase their costumes in a dazzling display of dance and music in Preston's Flag Market to impress the crowds and judges, in the hope they will win the crowns for that year.

Previous year’s winners include a dramatic cobra and magnificent dragon.

Both events are free and an enjoyable way to spend a day out with the family.

Details of this year's Caribbean Carnival will be available in the What's On calendar when dates have been confirmed.

When? the Crowning of the King and Queen and the Carnival usually takes place around May and June time.

Where? Preston City centre and Moor Park