on in 1985,  The Leicester Caribbean Carnival Ltd has photographed the various events which make the Leicester experience so unique. It would be impossible to present them all to you on this site. Instead we are highlighting some of the outstanding scenes for the years 1998 to 2001 and for the more adventurous a look back at carnival over the years in the Carnival Album.

If you are in Leicester you can visit the office where there is a permanent photographic display and also a limited number of costumes..

This carnival will brighten the streets Leicester while celebrating Caribbean culture. This summer will invite back the famous La Carnival to celebrate Leicester’s culture diversity.

The party will support costumed bands and marvel at the multi-coloured floats on a street parade through the city centre. After the street parade make your way to Victoria Park for food, drink and musical performances.

We run this Carnival each August to commemorate and remember the emancipation of slaves in the West Indies which happened on 1st August 1834

30 Years of Celebration

La Carnival was first born in 1985 and has grown to be one of the biggest and most successful Caribbean Carnivals in the whole of the UK. The event was organised to inspire more artistic expression and cultural understanding within the historically blue collar working class city.

Ely Morton was one of the founding organisers who was born on the island of Nevis in the Caribbean and moved to Leicester in 1961.

Running alongside the carnival are educational group projects and school workshops to try and educate people and school children more on Caribbean culture.

What To Expect

Costumed bands




Latino Fiesta

The Americas

A Combination of Cultures




Each year the carnival attracts more than 80,000 people which is growing year on year.

Hundreds of volunteers help out each year from cooking, designing costumes to cleaning up the left over rubbish left after the parade.