It's carnival time again

By on 22/07/2009 in News

The countdown to the West Midland's biggest carnival has begun - Birmingham's biennial carnival returns to Perry Park on Sunday 2nd August.

Fantastic live music, entertainment, food and fun activities will be on offer from midday to 9pm in Perry Park, with plenty for families and people of all ages to enjoy.  The carnival celebrates African Caribbean culture, and the previous event in 2007 attracted as many as 80,000 revellers throughout the day.

The colourful carnival procession will leave Handsworth Park at around 1pm, winding its way through the city streets to arrive at Perry Park at approximately 4pm.  Around 2,000 dancers are expected to join in, delighting the crowds with the fantastic costumes.

The procession will be led by the new Carnival Queen for 2009, who will be chosen at an event at The Drum on 25 July.  The Carnival Queen is picked from local entrants on a variety abilities including personality, style and communication skills, and will have the honour of being the face of carnival for 2 years.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure Sport & Culture commented, “Birmingham's biennial carnival is a wonderful celebration of the diversity of the city's culture, and it will be a great opportunity for all people to come together and enjoy the fun, music and entertainment.”

Sharon Lea, Acting Strategic Director of Environment and Culture said, “Birmingham City Council supports a whole programme of community events throughout the year, and we are proud to be involved in what promises to be a spectacular celebration of African Caribbean culture.”

Visitors to the event are advised to travel by public transport if possible, but anyone travelling by car is asked to follow the parking signs and to park only in designated areas.  Organisers have advised that traffic attendants and tow trucks will be patrolling the area around Perry Park to ensure all vehicles are parked legally and considerately to minimise disruption for local residents.

The Carnival is organised by the Carnival Committee 2000 Ltd, with support from Birmingham City Council and other partners.

ENDS

Media contact:
Emily Malcolm on 0121 303 8794 or 07766 923 352
emily.malcolm@birmingham.gov.uk

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