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Caribbean Carnival comes to city’s streets

Published on Monday, July 29, 2019

Image: A participant at Leicester's Caribbean Carnival

LEICESTER’S streets will come alive with the sights and sounds of the tropics this weekend for the city’s annual Caribbean Carnival.

The festivities are among the city’s biggest and most popular events, with thousands of spectators both watching the parade through the city and joining in the celebrations on Victoria Park.

This year’s event take place on Saturday, August 3.

Leicester Deputy City Mayor responsible for culture and leisure, Cllr Piara Singh Clair, said: “The Caribbean Carnival is one of the highlights of our summer calendar of events in the city. It’s a fantastic chance for thousands of people to celebrate Caribbean music, culture and food, and to enjoy the colourful parade through the city centre and festivities on Victoria Park.”

The carnival parade will leave the Granville Road entrance to Victoria Park for Leicester city centre at around 1pm, before returning to Victoria Park for more celebrations including Caribbean food, drink and live music.

The event will involve a number of road closures and changes to bus stops on the day to allow for the procession to take place.

The procession route includes London Road, Waterloo Way, Charles Street, Humberstone Gate, Gallowtree Gate, Granby Street, Northampton Street, and back onto Charles Street before returning along London Road to Victoria Park.

Buses will not operate along London Road between Victoria Park and the city centre from 12.30pm until late afternoon.

Buses that serve stops in Humberstone Gate East, Haymarket and the southern part of Charles Street will be diverted from around 2pm until the parade has passed through the city centre.

Haymarket Bus station will remain operational throughout the afternoon. Coach and bus services departing from St Margaret’s Bus Station will not be affected.

Park and ride services will continue to operate but service 303 will not serve Haymarket while the parade is in the centre.

Vehicles will not be able to access Leicester railway station during the road closure. Arrangements for Hackney carriages to and from the station will be via nearby Sparkenhoe Street and Conduit Street. 

Details of the event are available online at For further details of travel options to and from the city visit