The Queen City is about to host its very first week-long Caribbean Carnival
The Charlotte Caribbean Carnival will begin Saturday, June 22, with a Children’s Caribbean Carnival and culminate Saturday, June 29 with the Afro-Caribbean Carnival Finale.
The week of Caribbean festivities will feature local artists, drummers and steel pan players. Attendees and passersby will enjoy a street parade featuring the best of Carnival inspired fashions, entertainment and arts; as well as witness the crowning of Charlotte’s first Carnival Queen. A highlight of the festival will be the Afro-Caribbean Village strategically placed in the epicenter of Charlotte’s cultural community at the Charlotte Open Air Market located at 5471 Central Avenue.
Charlotte Caribbean Festival was created by Grenada native, Natalie Joseph. As a child in Grenada, she recalls always being involved in the culture in areas such as; arts and crafts, big drum dancing, cooking, and fashion. June is recognized as National American-Caribbean Heritage Month, and instead of traveling to other cities to celebrate as she has done over the years, she has decided to bring the celebration to Charlotte.
The official launch for the Charlotte Caribbean Carnival will take place Saturday, March 9. Beginning at one o’clock in the afternoon, Charlotte Caribbean Carnival Media Day Fete will be held at 360 Lounge located at 7030 Smith Corners Blvd. A taste of what is to come will feature the introduction of the Queen Contestants and Mas Band leaders as well as, provide a first look at Carnival fashions.
For more information and registration for Queen Contestants, Mas Band and Children’s Carnival visit charlottecaribbeancarnival.com.