Birmingham Carnival returns to Handsworth

By on 19/07/2013 in Deputy Leader, News

Carnival Queen 2011 Lexi-Kimberley Maye

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.

Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “Two years ago Birmingham Carnival returned to its Handsworth Park home and it was so successful that it's being staged there again.  This year's procession will have 14 floats and around 700 dancers in stunning costumes, with hundreds of costumes created by the legend of carnival costume designing, Professor Black.  There will also be plenty of delicious Caribbean food and Caribbean music - let's hope the Caribbean sunshine continues too!”

As well as live on and off stage entertainment of soca, calypso and reggae music, there will be beer tents, children's inflatables and activities, and lots of Caribbean food, such as 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.  There will be a rolling road closure system in place on the day and the parade is estimated to arrive at Handsworth Park at around 4.30pm.

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Note to Editors

• An exclusion zone will be implemented on the day containing roads bordering Rookery Road, Oxhill Road/Church Lane, Hamstead Road, Villa Road, Soho Road from 9am and 11am until 8.30pm with Soho Road only being closed while the procession passes along to Handsworth Park. 
• All households within the exclusion zone have been provided with letters containing two red vehicle passes to gain entry to their roads. 
• Residents and businesses along Grove Lane between Albert Road and Herbert Road have been issued with a special blue pass to park on Hinstock Road. 
• Limited public parking will be available (weather dependent) in Handsworth Park via Hamstead Road. 
• Disabled car parking for blue badge holders will be via Hinstock Road.

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