Photo opportunity: Carnival fever hits the city

By on 05/07/2011 in Culture, News
  • What: Carnival costume creator, Professor Black, will be showcasing his latest designs as he gets ready for Carnival 2011
  • When: Wednesday 6th July 2011 at 11am
  • Where: Oaklands Sports and Social Club, Oakland Road, Handsworth, B21 0NA

Sunday August 7 will see Birmingham Carnival return to its original home in Handsworth Park for the first time in 15 years.

And Professor Black, who makes all the costumes, will be showcasing a specially created carnival display along with two of his latest and most spectacular designs - all of which have been specially created for this year's event.     

Professor Black has been making carnival costumes for 37 years. He will be available for interviews to explain how they are created and the inspiration behind them. 

In total, he will produce 300 costumes for the big day and he said: “This year I have been very flamboyant and have come up with some most unusual and amazing designs.  They really are some of the best creations I have ever made!”

Birmingham Carnival last took place in 2009 and was previously held in Perry Park.  Due to popular demand, however, it will be returning to its original home in Handsworth Park where it first began in 1984.

The event will begin with a spectacular procession, led by the newly crowned Carnival Queen, which will be leaving Holyhead School, Milestone Lane, Handsworth, B21 0HN at 1pm before making its way to Handsworth Park at around 3.30pm. The event will end at 8.30pm.

Birmingham Carnival is an opportunity to experience the food, music, sounds and colours of the Caribbean.   This year's extravaganza promises to be a treat for the entire family.  It will consist of a variety of decorated floats, steel bands and carnival troupes with live local and off stage entertainment of soca, calypso and reggae music.

Caribbean refreshments will be on sale throughout the day, so you can try traditional dishes such as jerk chicken, curry goat and rice and peas as well as a wide range of fruit and rum punches.

There will also be a host of activities for youngsters including inflatable children's entertainment and an activity zone. 

Birmingham Carnival is well renowned for its beautiful and colourful costumes and has grown in popularity in recent years with many revellers travelling from as far away as London, Leicester and Leeds to see them.

Further information about this event is available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/carnival or by calling the Carnival Hotline at 303 3008.

The Carnival Queen 2011 will be crowned on Sunday 24 July 2011 at The Drum, 144 Potters Lane, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UU.  The contest starts at 4pm and ends at 12.00 mid-night.  Those wishing to enter the competition should contact Professor Black on 0121 523 7702 or Tony Sealey on 07831 465 459.
Note to Editors:

Parking arrangements for the day will be announced nearer the time on the Carnival Website.

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