Where to Celebrate Caribbean Carnivals in the US

Where to Celebrate Caribbean Carnivals in the US
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As a Caribbean American growing up in NYC, my first memories of celebrating carnival in the US were in the streets of Brooklyn.

Every year, my family would drive or take the subway from Queens to see masqueraders young and old chippin’ behind the trucks on Eastern Parkway for WIADCA’s annual Labor Day Parade.

The sounds of the steel pan, live music from throughout the Caribbean region playing, smells of jerk chicken, fresh bake and saltfish, and the vibrancy of spectators and masqueraders made me fall in love with the spirit of carnival and Caribbean culture as a whole.

Caribbean carnivals have been the display of colorful costumes, music, and creativity within the Caribbean region.

While many people associate Caribbean Carnivals with destinations like Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, or Antigua, living in the United States you don’t have to travel far to get the carnival experience.

As more Caribbean islands start to highlight their carnival as a tourism product, we have seen the cost of carnivals rise whether it be for fetes, flights, costumes, lodging, or a combination.

If you can’t make it to the islands this spring and summer carnival season, here’s where you can celebrate Caribbean carnivals in the US.

Tampa Bay Caribbean Carnival

Location: Tampa, FL

Dates: April 20-22

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Atlanta Caribbean Carnival

Location: Atlanta, GA

Dates: June 21-24

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Arizona Caribbean Carnival

Location: Phoenix, AX

Dates: May 26-28

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Orlando Carnival Downtown

Location: Orlando, FL

Dates: May 26-28

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South Carolina Carnival

Location: Columbia, SC

Dates: June 8-11

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Philly Carnival

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Dates: June 16-18

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New Orleans Caribbean Carnival

Location: New Orleans, LA

Dates: June 21-24

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Hollywood Carnival

Location: Hollywood, CA

Dates: June 22-25

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Charlotte Caribbean Carnival

Dates: June 23-25

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Charleston Carifest

Location: Charleston, NC

Dates: June 29-July 1

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Houston Caribbean Festival

Location: Houston, TX

Dates: June 29-July 3

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Baltimore Washington One Carnival

Location: Baltimore, MD

Dates: July 7-9

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Virginia Beach

Location: Virginia Beach, VA

Dates: July 20-23

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Twin Cities Carifest

Location: Minneapolis MN 

Dates: July 21-22

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Jersey City Carnival

Location: Jersey City, NJ

Dates: July 22

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Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival

Location: Jacksonville, FL

Dates: August 5-13 (Grand Parade August 12)

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WIIC Hartford Parade

Location: Hartford, CT

Dates: August 12

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Chi Carnival Weekend (Chicago’s Carnival Experience Weekend)

Location: Chicago, IL

Dates: August 18-20

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Caribmask (Raleigh Carnival)

Location: Raleigh/Durham, NC

Dates: August 19

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Boston Caribbean Carnival

Location: Dorchester, MA

Dates: August 25-27


New York Carnival

Location: Brooklyn, NY

Dates: August 31-September 4

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Columbus Caribbean Festival

Location: Columbus, OH

Dates: September 3-4

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Virginia Caribfest

Location: Norfolk, VA

Dates: September 8-9

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Cambridge Carnival

Location: Cambridge, MA

Dates: September 10

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Dallas Carnival Caribbean Fest

Location: Dallas, TX

Dates: Septemeber 14-17

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Long Island Carnival

Location: Wyandanch, NY

Dates: September 16

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Miami Broward Carnival

Location: Miami, FL

Dates: October 6-8 (Jr. Carnival September 30)

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Honorable mention…US Virgin Islands

If you’re a US citizen, you can get the Caribbean carnival experience without using your passport by visiting the US Virgin Islands. USVI has three separate carnivals in the winter, spring, and summer.

You can find out more information by visiting the US Virgin Islands Division of Festivals website and Instagram

St Croix Festival

Location: St Thomas, USVI

Dates: December 30-January 6

St Thomas

Location: St Thomas, USVI

Dates: April 24-29

St John Celebration

Location: St John, USVI

Dates: June 29-July 4

While the Caribbean is the epicenter of carnival festivities, you don’t have to travel far to experience the sound of the steel drums and the joy spread in this unique celebration.

For a country with its citizens having different cultures and backgrounds, the United States has many cities that host various carnival celebrations. This annual celebration offers a “taste of home” for immigrants and naturalized citizens and an introduction to the cultural heritage and experience that you can get in the Caribbean for first-generation children or anyone interested in learning more about Caribbean carnivals.

Whether you’re in Miami, Brooklyn, Atlanta, Houston, or Washington, D.C., get ready to celebrate and create unforgettable memories.

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