*** Adapted Press Release ***
Birmingham Carnival returns to Handsworth Park on Sunday 4 August with a jam-packed programme of free, family entertainment celebrating the best of Caribbean culture from 12noon until 8.30pm.
Around 30,000 people are expected to flock to the park with thousands lining the streets to cheer on the spectacular procession of steel bands, floats and carnival troupes as it weaves through Handsworth from Holyhead Road to Handsworth Park.
The procession is usually led by the newly crowned Carnival Queen but this year she’ll be joined by the Carnival’s first ever King. Young men aged 18 plus who would like to be considered for the honour should head to the BBC at Birmingham’s Mailbox this Saturday 20 July at 3pm for the semi-finals. The Carnival King and Queen Finals will be held the following Saturday, 27 July, with Carnival Queen 2011, Lexi-Kimberley Maye, handing her sash to the new Queen as the winners are crowned.
- Live on and off stage entertainment of Soca, Calypso and Reggae music.
- Beer tents
- Children’s inflatables and activities
- Caribbean foods and drinks; jerk chicken, curry goat and rice and peas, fried dumplings and ‘Caribbean punch’
The procession starts at 1pm from Holyhead Road and will proceed along Soho Road, Rookery Road, Oxhill Road, Church Lane, Hamstead Road, Villa Road and Soho Road, leading into Handsworth Park via Grove Lane.