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A Guide to Preston Caribbean Carnival – Celebrating all things Caribbean!
Sunday 23rd June, 2019
- 1 What is the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
- 2 When is the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
- 3 Where is the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
- 4 How do they celebrate the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
- 5 Crowning of the Carnival King and Queen
- 6 Preston Caribbean Carnival Parade Route
- 7 How to get to the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
- 8 Where to stay for the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
- 9 What to do and see in Preston?
What is the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
Every year Preston comes to life with all things Caribbean! The Preston Caribbean Carnival is the one of the biggest and oldest cultural celebrations in Preston. It celebrates the artistic and creative expression of Caribbean Culture.
The Preston Caribbean Carnival is all about embracing and celebrating Caribbean culture through dance, music, cuisine, culture and good company. So get ready for lots of soca, steelpan, reggae, jerk chicken, fried plantains, rum, colourful costumes and of course lots of fun.
The Preston Caribbean Carnival is about bringing the local community together. The carnival is fun for people of all ages and backgrounds and is filled with a beautiful mix of diverse people, generations and cultures, it is absolutely worth attending!
When is the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
The 2019 Preston Caribbean Carnival will be held on Sunday 23 June. The carnival starts at 12:00pm and runs until 7:30pm.
Where is the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
Preston is a city in Lancashire, England, which sits on the north bank of the River Ribble. The Preston Caribbean Carnival will be held in Moor Park, which is a large park located north of the city centre of Preston.
How do they celebrate the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
Preston Caribbean Carnival has an epic procession that allows people of all ages and communities to come together. The procession brings the city to life with an array of colours, costumes, live music and dance.
The procession parades around Preston city centre and is led by the Carnival King and Queen. After the procession terminates in Moor Park, you will be able to enjoy delicious and authentic Caribbean food, drinks and entertainment.
Crowning of the Carnival King and Queen
The Preston Caribbean Carnival is preceded by the crowning of the Carnival King and Carnival Queen a couple of weekends prior to the carnival. Months go into making costumes which are based on a chosen theme.
The crowning competition sees potential Kings and Queens showcasing their dazzling costumes in a display of dance and music to impress the judges and audience. The event takes place in Preston Flag Market and the most impressive contestants will be crowned the Carnival King of Queen. The crowning is a free event and is a great show to watch for the whole family.
Preston Caribbean Carnival Parade Route
- Parade starts a midday departing Moor Park Avenue
- Deepdale Road
- Meadow Street
- St Paul’s Road
- Sedgwick Street
- North Road
- Garstang Road
- Into Moor Park
How to get to the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
You can get to Preston by driving, train or bus. Preston is about a 2.5 hour drive from London and there are about 34 trains a day between the two. If you are coming from further away the closet airport is Manchester International which is about a 50 minute drive.
Where to stay for the Preston Caribbean Carnival?
There are plenty of accommodation options to suit all budgets and levels of comfort. Please check out some accommodation options here.
What to do and see in Preston?
Preston is the ideal urban getaway! Sitting in the heart of Lancashire, Preston has a rich history. The city is most well known for its Guild celebrations that occur every 20 years. Preston is home to some stunning architecture which is best seen whilst walking down Fishergate – a bustling tree-lined high street.
Preston has great shopping and is home to a number of quirky independent shops, two shopping centres and the new Preston Markets. Preston has quality entertainment and a great arts and cultural scene with great live music, theatre, restaurants, bars and clubs.
Or you can escape the hustle and bustle and explore the picturesque Winckley Square Garden or Miller Parks and Avenham which are urban oasis’s in the city centre. They are a great place to take a stroll or have a drink at a café overlooking the River Ribble.
Preston’s has many incredible sightseeing opportunities such as St Walburge’s Church which has one of the tallest spires in England at 94 meters. Other notable buildings include Miller Arcade, the Town Hall and many beautiful Georgian buildings on Winckley Square.
For more information about tours, things to do, sightseeing tours, day trips and more click here.
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