Derby Caribbean Carnival set for this weekend

Derby Caribbean Carnival, now in its 42nd year, is set to parade and celebrate this weekend on Sunday 16 July 2017.

The parade through the city centre attracts carnival troupes from Nottingham, Leicester, London, Leeds and Derby and heads through the streets to Osmaston Park where a celebration event goes on into the evening. This year there will be more than 450 troupes representing caribbean carnivals nationwide, with an surprise international headline act as well.

The festival is well known in the city and beyond for the music, the street procession, and African Caribbean food including jerk chicken, mouth watering patties, rum punch and rum cake, natural healthy juices, and sugar cane. The 2017 theme is ‘family and community’ with the parade reflecting this and the event welcoming all.

Hosted by Derby West Indian Community Association has recently lost funding through city council budget cuts but continues to run the event with support from Arts Council England through its partnership with EMCCAN. More than 25,000 local people are expected to enjoy and take part in Derby Caribbean Carnival, which EMCCAN say, has an amazing impact on participants and audiences alike.

In 2012 the history of the carnival and the efforts of the volunteers involved in it was captured in a documentary by University of Derby graduates and filmmakers Daniel Romero and Sean Ford who traced the event back to its start in 1975. Speaking about the documentary at the time of its Derby QUAD premiere Peter Walker, from the University of Derby, said: “The carnival adds such life, vibrancy and colour to Derby’s streets every summer. It is an eagerly awaited part of the city’s calendar, surviving largely on community voluntary effort and one that the university felt would make a great subject for a documentary.”

The year the parade starts at 1pm on Sunday 16 July from the Market Place and will take the following route: Market Place, St Peter’s Street, Babington Lane, Normanton Road, Pear Tree Street, St Thomas Road, Portland Street, Osmaston Park Road and Moor Lane before arriving in Osmaston Park at around 3pm. The event in the park will run until 9pm.

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