After an absence of seventeen years, the Birmingham Carnival is finally returning this August to what many consider its spiritual home, Handsworth Park.
The carnival began in the Park in 1984, but moved to the streets of Hansworth in 1994 and then to Perry Park in 1999 because it had grown so large. Handsworth’s £9.5 million overhaul in 2006, which included a restoration of the bandstand, paved the way for the triumphant return of Birmingham’s flagship Caribbean carnival. Birmingham city officials are hoping that the carnival’s presence could revitalise the city centre.
The carnival, which takes every two years, draws around 50,000 revellers. It’s a colourful festival that celebrates African-Caribbean culture, food, art, and entertainment. It will begin with a carnival procession starting in the Park and continuing in the streets of Handsworth. The procession will be led by the newly-crowned Carnival Queen, who will represent the carnival for the next two years, when a new Carnival Queen is chosen. Competition is always stiff, but it’s all in good fun.
The second-largest city in England after London, Birmingham is the ideal place to have a festival of this sort. Its nightlife is legendary, so you’ll have plenty to do, even after the carnival ends at 9pm. Spend the day with your family since the Birmingham Carnival is great family fun, find a good babysitter, and get to know the city by pub crawling. Nightlife in Birmingham mostly occurs along the infamous Broad Street and into Brindleyplace. There are scores of stylish and underground venues outside Broad Street.
Birmingham is one of England’s most fun cities to visit, and the Birmingham Carnival is one of the best times to visit. If you are planning on making the trip to see the carnival and need a hotel then check out the Jurys Inn range of hotels in Birmingham