The Community Centre Show

The Community Centre Show

The Community Centre kicks off CCOM 2018

Coincidentally, this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester (CCOM) is in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the ship, Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks, Essex, in June 1948.

Amid the current Windrush scandal entangling Theresa May’s government, it is perhaps fitting that the organisers of this year’s festival bring the recognition of both the generation and their impact upon British soil. read more …





Manchester Carnival April 2018 Update

Windrush Bacchanal Update

Celebrating 70 Platinum Years of the Windrush Generation

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A message from the Chair …

Welcome all.

Hopefully, everybody is aware this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester theme is Windrush bacchanal, celebrating 70 platinum years of the Windrush generation.

For anyone wishing to understand more about the Windrush generation, how the generation positively changed the UK with their brand of cultural music, dance and colourful vibrancy and the struggles they faced after landing on these shores, links to historical information on the Windrush generation have been randomly chosen and included at the bottom of this post.

To carnival 2018. Preparations are well underway. As we begin organising, the committee would like to take this opportunity to pass on messages to band leaders, performers, stall holders and troops.

The message to stall holders is, space in the park is limited and therefore at a premium. The committee is only able to allocate a pre-determined size plot to each stall holder; therefore, any stall holders wishing to bring trailers or similar into the park, MUST contact the Chair, Carnival Mickey, in advance to discuss whether it is possible to bring a trailer into the park and the cost implications. Mickey can be contacted on 07985 400 384 or at

If any troops, performers and bands would like to take part in this year’s carnival, likewise the committee invites band leaders to contact the chair to apply using the information above. The committee is preparing a new band/ troop registration form which will hopefully be uploaded to the website for download soon. So, please check back in a couple of weeks.

A comprehensive list of ‘What’s On’ for 2018 is still being established. However, the committee can confirm there will be a full road parade, 8 stages of fantastic performers in the park, as well all the favourites like African Corner, Latin Corner and others. The committee will announce more in due course.

Finally, if any confirmed performers or troops would like to feature on the carnival website, please contact Mickey with a write up and at least one banner image at least 750 pixels by 500 pixels in size. The same applies to advertisers; although, cost and terms and conditions apply for advertising on the carnival’s website platform.

Long live Lord Kitchener, the Trinadadian Calypso and Soca artist who started the embryonic Caribbean carnival in London.

See you all in August.

Carnival Mickey (Chair)


Get Ready
Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2018


The Voyage of the Empire Windrush


Windrush, Part 1 of 4


Images of the Empire Windrush


The Windrush Generation

Sources of Information


Notice to Advertisers

Did you know the carnival website receives in the region of 100, 000 views in the two weeks leading up to the carnival? The Caribbean Carnival Facebook page has around 6,000 followers too.
To get your message across to a guaranteed audience contact the Chair about advertising on 07985 400 384 or


Black HUDU

Black HUDU at Manchester Carnival

… a sound for people to meditate to …

Black HUDU at Manchester Carnival

Black HUDU at Manchester Carnival

BLACK HUDU: The word HUDU stems from HUDU, which is the name of a language and a Ewe tribe in Togo and Ghana. It is the practice of spirituality which the ancient Africans used to become one with self. As well as being a practice of spirituality, it is a ritual that is said to get rid of bad energies, negative thoughts and frequencies and is used to manifest and heal individuals. It’s an idea that resonated with us; we believe we are here do similar works using the universal language of music as our tool.

The sound we promote and push out into the atmosphere in frequency and vibration is a sound for people to meditate to and be themselves without having to feel self-conscious; one in which people can free their inner self, in a way which feels good, whilst we take them on a musical journey.

Besides that aspect of it, it is a movement that represents the art and the elements of underground music.


The core personnel of BLACK HUDU are two humble melanated lions. We are also a network that consists of many talented DJ’s, producers, musicians, sound engineers, artists and designers.

What music do BLACK HUDU represent?

If it’s underground, if it feels good, if it’s raw and real, then that’s BLACK HUDU! So you’ll find BLACK HUDU sound can be quite eclectic. We can go from anything from Soul, Jazz, Funk, Hip-Hop, Rare Grooves, Broken Beats, House, Roots N Culture, Dub & Steppas, to name a few.

How did BLACK HUDU start?

People had heard our sounds out and about at various events and functions and they were asking if we did our own events. So, we knew it was time to put our ideas into action – BLACK HUDU was born!

The first official BLACK HUDU event took place in October 2015. It was born out of the need to hold our own regular events in which we could run with the proper quality control. One in which would enable the DJ or artists’ freedom to express themselves fully and play a deeper selection of music to a discerning music lover on a custom hand built sound system which would allow the full frequencies of these records to be heard to their full potential.

Where have BLACK HUDU played?

Collectively over the last 18 years BLACK HUDUs network have played in venues in and around Huddersfield, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Worcester and London, to name a few.

We have played at Leeds and Manchester Carnival with Irfan (Rainy City Music) and Wayne Mantrax (INNA DEEP). We have had radio shows on stations in Huddersfield and Leeds and have had music played on BBC 1xtra.

In 2016 BLACK HUDU had the opportunity to take our vibe abroad; we played at the Vortex Beach Bar, a popular beach after party at Southport Weekender’s SUNceBeat’ Festival in Croatia. The after party had international DJs playing, such as Osunlade (Yoruba Records), Grant Nelson (Nice ‘N’ Ripe), Sy Sez (Soul Heaven) and Dave Law (Tempo).

In 2016 BLACK HUDU held a series of successful intimate invite only lock-in style jam sessions in CITP, in collaboration with brand owner and artist Benaiah Matheson.




Food Rescue

Food Rescue at Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2017

Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, 12th & 13th August 2017


Great Food with a Twist

Food Rescue Menu

Food Rescue Menu

Hello, we are a mobile catering company with a twist, because we have a fleet of fire engines that have been modified into catering units. Each engine operates from 2 sides; the first sells hot and cold food such as burgers, hot dogs, Mediterranean food, burritos, rice and chicken, on the other side we sell desserts and confectionery. We even have our own ice cream and popcorn machine.

Each engine has its own name and personality, along with seating for 40 people. We have 2 bouncy castles and coming soon is a TV for inside the engine so children can watch a fire safety video. There will also be 50 inch TV on the front of the engine.

Our Menu

Hot and Cold Drinks
Gormet Burgers
hot dogs
Rice Dishes



Ice Cream
Popcorn Machine


We have 15 fire engines ready to go

In all, we have 15 fire engines ready to go. Not only will each engine have 2 TVs, they will be kitted out with professional lights and a sound system that can be used separately or hooked up to the other engines to create a fantastic show.


We hope to see you on the 12th & 13th August 2017.


2017 Theme Caribbean Bacchanal

Carnival 2017: Brace Yourself for Caribbean Bacchanal

Carnival 2017 Theme is Caribbean Bacchanal

Caribbean Carnival of Manchester is very pleased to announce this year’s carnival theme of Bacchanal.

So, what is Bacchanal?   According to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary, 2017, Bacchanal is: A reveller, devotee of Bacchus, one who celebrates the Bacchanalia.

Therefore, what is Bacchanalia?

Again, according to Merriam Webster’s online dictionary, 2017, Bacchanalia is: A festival of Bacchus celebrated with dancing, song, and revelry.

Add a Caribbean twist and we get this year’s theme of Caribbean Bacchanal

Brace Yourself

A full Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 2017, ‘What’s On’, line up, will be released in due course, but we are pleased to make a few early announcements.

Carnival 2017 is set to start on Sunday 6th August 2017 with a spectacular King, Queen, Prince and Princess show in the city – full details to be confirmed.

The main carnival weekend begins as usual with J’ouvert Morning on Saturday the 12th August, at 6am, brought to you by Daddy Sydney and the Jam Session movement.

Then, at around mid-day on Saturday 12th August, the spectacular carnival parade will take place for 3 hours. View the carnival route on our interactive street map; zoom in or click on a marker to choose a great viewing point.

The park will be open with lots to eat and drink from 12 mid-day, until 9pm in the evening. There will be lots to do and see, as always. The entertainment includes a host of live music stages, including the fantastic Red Bull stage.

On Sunday the 13th August, there will be more live music and fun in the park, including the new Yorkshire West Indian Carnival Network Cultural Stage.

To take part in the carnival parade please contact 07827 410 646 or 07985 400 384.

Be Inspired, Get Involved.



Free Carnival 2016

News Flash – Carnival 2016 is a Free Event

Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, 13th & 14th August 2016

Confirmed: Carnival is a Free Event

Fun for Everyone We bring great news: The Caribbean Carnival of Manchester is pleased to announce that the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester in 2016 will be a free event for everyone. The carnival will still be welcoming donations to help keep the carnival alive.

Everyone at the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like reiterate our thanks to all our valuable sponsors, hard working volunteers, kind supporters and everyone who attends over carnival weekend.

This is fantastic news for carnival revellers, visitors to the city over carnival weekend and local businesses that rely on the boost that carnival weekend brings.

Carnival 2016 includes dazzling costumes, fantastic food, great music and a variety of new events, so the carnival should be bigger and better than ever. Following the good news and with so much to offer everyone, we hope to see families from all communities in Manchester turn out and share in the fun and fair of the carnival.

The Caribbean Carnival of Manchester has become an important fixture on Manchester’s events calendar and a fantastic opportunity to bring communities together to share the very best of Caribbean culture in a safe friendly environment. We hope this will continue for many years to come.

We hope to see you on the 13 & 14 August 2016.

Carnival Route       What’s On?       Carnival Theme    


Trini and Latin Corner

Latin and Trini Corner

New at Carnival 2016

Latin & Trini Corner at the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester 13th & 14 of August

Welcome to the first ever Latin carnival in Manchester. 200, 000 people are expected to come to this year’s carnival

This event is in Spanish & English (scroll down for Spanish).
Este evento es en espanol y ingles mire la parte de abajo en espanol.

The Caribbean Carnival of Manchester in conjunction with Manchester’s finest latin DJ, promoter, pioneer & dancer, D Jay Carl1to proudly present to you…


Two days of EXPLOSIVE Latin music, dance, food, & culture. We celebrate all being Latino.

Family Friendly Event.

Saturday 13 august

  • Live performance by CUBAN SWAGGER this boy is taking Manchester by storm – by Eddie, Adrain & Sonia Latika
  • 10 piece live latin salsacuban band- TBC
  • DJ’S Carl1to, Manny Castillo, Adriano + guests
  • Cuban salsa & reggaeton, lessons & animation throughout the day


Sunday 14th August…

Live Samba girls shows, Cuban salsa & reggaeton, lessons & animation throughout the day

Merengue Bachata dembow live entertainment

d jay carl1to, manny castillo, adriano+ guest.

Every one is welcome, come join us and celebrate this day of music, dance, color, food and drink.


MUSIC: salsa timba, rumba, mambo, reggaeton, urban cubano carnival beat, mambo dominicano dewnbow, kuduro semba samba kizomba, latin anthems and much more…

INFO: D jay carl1to 07555105679 email

Help support our first Latino Carnival, invite your friends let’s make this a carnival to remember

Bienvenido al primer carnaval Latino De Manchester.

El Carnaval del Caribe de Manchester, en conjunción con D JAY CARL1TO, Dj, promotor pionero de la musica & baile latino D Jay Carl1to orgullo Presente usted …


Dos días de celebración, danza, comida, culture.todo latino.

Evento familiar.

Sábado 13 agosto

  • cuban swagger
  • 10 piezas en vivo latino salsacuban
  • El Carl1to DJ, Manny Castillo, adriano + invitados
  • Salsa y reggaeton cubano, clases y animación todo el dia.

Comida latina y beber DISPONIBLE TODO DEL DÍA

Domingo 14 de agosto de …
en vivo espectáculos de samba, salsa cubana y reggaeton, lecciones y animación TODO el día

Merengue Bachata dembow entretenimiento en vivo

DJ en directo todo el día
d jay carl1to, Castillo manny, adriano + invitados.

Cada uno es bienvenido, vamos juntos y celebrar este día de color, música Y baile


MUSICA: timba salsa, la rumba, el mambo, el reggaeton, cubano ritmo de carnaval urbano, mambo dominicano dewnbow, kuduro Semba samba kizomba, himnos latinos y mucho más

INFO: D jay carl1to 07555105679 email

Ayudar a apoyar nuestro primer Carnaval latino , invita a tus amigos vamos a hacer de este un carnaval para recorder


J'ouvert Morning News Flash 2016

Manchester Carnival News Flash J’ouvert Morning 2016

Damien Daddy Sydney is happy to announce there will be ‘two’ jump up trailers on the road for J’ouvert Morning 2016. For more information on J’ouvert Morning visit the carnival website ‘What’s On’ page or the ”What’s On’ news article containing a feature on J’ouvert Morning.

This is fantastic news for all the J’ouvert revellers. Greater sounds means jump higher and have more fun.


J'ouvert Morning Sounds
J'ouvert Morning Sounds


Checkout the new ‘What’s On’ page and the ”What’s On’ news article covering J’ouvert Morning.


Manchester Caribbean Carnival What's On 2016

What’s On 2016?

Welcome to Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, Bajan and Guyana style.

In 2016, Barbados and Guyana are celebrating their 50th anniversaries of independence, so what could be better than to celebrate with them. If you would like to know a little about the history of these two great nations why not read the recent news article on this years theme?

Updated Events

So, what’s on at carnival 2016?  To keep everybody informed we have updated the website ‘what’s on’ page with information on all this year’s events. Why not check it out?  Alternatively, here’s a preview:

  • Carnival Parade
  • Mass Bands
  • Kings & Queens, Prince & Princess Competition
  • SOCA Music
  • Jouvert Morning
  • Roots & Dub Corner
  • World Music Stage
  • Eastern Caribbean Music Stage
  • Great Food
  • African Corner
  • Red Bull Music Academy Stage
  • Kids Events
  • Strat Corner
  • Constume making workshops
  • SOCA and calypso workshops

Caribbean Carnival of Manchester, 13th & 14th August 2016

Featured: Strat Corner

J'ouvert Morning New at this year’s carnival is ‘Strat Corner’ celebrating the emerald isle of Montserrat and its people. Strat Corner will feature SOCA, Calypso, traditional singing, traditional costumes and traditional food. In fact, all things to do with the culture of the emerald isle. Want to know more in advance? Here are some facts about the emerald isle.

5 Facts on Montserrat

Where is Montserrat?

Montserrat is an overseas territory of the United Kingdom located in the Leeward Islands. The territory resembles coastal Ireland and has a large number of inhabitants who are of the Irish ancestry.

What is the capital of Montserrat?

The island of Montserrat has two capitals. Plymouth is the de jure capital of the island; it is located in the Leeward Island chain of the Lesser Antilles, West Indies. The de facto capital of the island is Brades, a village located in the Carr’s Bay vicinity at the northwest end of Montserrat. It has been the capital of the island since 1998.

How big is Montserrat?

Montserrat is one of the very small island nations in the world; it has a total area of 39 square miles. It has an approximate population of 5,879.

What is the official currency used in Montserrat?

The East Caribbean dollar denoted by the ISO 4217 code XCD is the official currency of Montserrat. It has been the national currency since 1965; it replaced the British West Indies dollar. The East Caribbean dollar is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $ and is written as EC$. It is subdivided into 100 cents.

What is the nickname of Montserrat?

Many people refer Montserrat as the Emerald Isle of Caribbean. It gains the nickname because coastal shape of Montserrat. It looks like the shape of Ireland.

What is the national dish of Montserrat?

Montserrat’s national dish is Goat water, a thick goat meat stew served with crusty bread rolls., 2016

Featured: J’ouvert Morning

Join in J’ouvert Morning at Carnival 2016. Want to know more?

J’ouvert is a large street party during Carnival in the eastern Caribbean region. J’ouvert is a contraction of the French jour ouvert, or dawn/ day break.

J’ouvert is celebrated throughout the Caribbean countries and also in many places outside the Caribbean as part of Carnival celebrations throughout the year, with the biggest celebrations happening in places around the world with large Caribbean ex-pat communities.

Traditionally, the celebration involves calypso/SOCA bands and their followers dancing through the streets. The festival starts well before dawn and peaks a few hours after sunrise.

J'ouvert Morning The origins of street parties associated with J’ouvert coincide with the emancipation from slavery in 1838. Emancipation provided Africans with the opportunity, to not only participate in Carnival, but to embrace it as an expression of their newfound freedom. Some theorize that some J’ouvert traditions are carried forward in remembrance of civil disturbances in Port of Spain, Trinidad, when the people smeared themselves with oil or paint to avoid being recognized.

The traditions of J’ouvert vary widely throughout the Caribbean. In Trinidad & Tobago, a part of the tradition involves smearing paint, mud or oil on the bodies of participants known as “Jab Jabs”. On the islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Saint Martin and Haiti, participants celebrate by blowing flutes and conch shells or by beating goat skin drums, irons or bamboo sticks while singing folk songs.

Barbados does not celebrate J’ouvert, but in instead celebrates Foreday Morning which is often mistaken as J’ouvert.

J’ouvert is inseparable from Carnival and has had many influences. People from Africa, Britain, France, India, Spain and many other ethnic groups have all left an indelible mark on J’ouvert., 2016

Join in with the J’ouvert Morning festivities at Carnival 2016 on the 13th/ 14th August 2016. Everybody welcome

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CCoM Theme 2016

2016 Carnival Theme

The carnival theme this year is Barbados (Bajan)

Some history on this year’s theme: After the first English settlement at Holetown in 1627, Barbados remained a British colony until achieving independence from Britain on November 30th 1966. That first independence ceremony was accompanied by the raising of the Barbados national flag and playing of the national anthem for the first time. November 30th is celebrated as Independence Day and is a national holiday in Barbados.

As part of the upcoming Carnival 2016 event Barbados will be represented celebrating 50 years free from colonial rule, after being granted Independence from Britain on November 1966.

Hence the theme for this year is Barbados 50th we will be celebrating fifty years of Barbados’s Independence. Barbados 50th signifies the historical Independence and freedom of a much loved nation who has strive to excel and develop their beautiful Island of friendly and fun loving people.

We hope you will come and be part of this outstanding celebration of the achievements of all the citizens of Barbados.



There will be a steel band extravaganza

We plan to present a number of activities over the Carnival Weekend such as ‘The Triny & Latin Corner’ and ‘The Bajan Corner’ playing authentic SOCA music from their countries and ‘The African Corner’ playing authentic African music.

There will be a steel band extravaganza playing a selection of music from all countries involved and The Red Bull Stage catering for an eclectic mixture of community music.

This year we will be doing a full parade with mass bands and steel bands from all around the country. The Carnival will also be presenting a Jouvert morning that will be presented by Tropical Radio & TV.

As the Carnival draws closer we will keep you updated on the progress of the Carnival. If you would like to take part in the Parade or learn how to create your carnival costumes please visit our message box on the web-site and feel free to message us. We will get back to you.

Thank you all for your continuing support and I look forward to seeing you all at our annual community event.


Celebrating Guyana’s 50th Anniversary

Guyana is also celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016, so the Caribbean Carnival of Manchester would like to recognise Guyana’s independence too by extending this years theme to include the success of the people of Guyana.



A brief history of Guyana – There are nine indigenous tribes residing in Guyana. Although Christopher Columbus sighted Guyana during his third voyage (in 1498), the Dutch were the first to establish colonies. The British assumed control in 1796, 18 years later the Dutch formally ceded the area (1814). In 1831 the separate colonies combines to become a single British colony known as British Guiana.

Since its Independence in 1824 Venezuela has claimed the area of land to the west of the Essequibo River. However, in 1899 an international tribunal ruled the land belonged to Great Britain. The border disputes persist and no final settlement has been reached.

Guyana achieved independence from the United Kingdom on 26 May 1966 and became a republic on 23 February 1970. This makes 2016 the anniversary of independence.

We hope to see you on the 13th & 14th of August 2016.

Checkout the new ‘What’s On’ page


SOCA Weekender Poster 2016


What's On

Carnival 2015: What’s On

Carnival 2015, calypso fever is drawing closer. As part of our preparations we are proud to announce details of the confirmed 2015 lineup on the websites new ‘What’s On’ page.

The new page is accessible under the visitors option on the menu bar. However to make it even easier to view information on the confirmed 2015 lineup, we have included the lineup below.

Carnival 2015: Lineup

  Queen Kings Princes and princess show Manchester carnival 2015

The world music tent

  The Easter Caribbean Music Stage

The African corner

  Jouvert Morning Jump Up and do ‘any ting’ you want

Red Bull music academy

  Roots and Dub Corner

  The world music main stage

The Eastern Caribbean Food Stall

  Other UK Carnivals


Or, visit our new ‘What’s On’ page.


Steel Drum

This Year’s Carnival Theme

The carnival theme the year is calypso fever

The carnival theme the year is calypso fever. Over the weekend of the 8th & 9th of august 2015 the city of Manchester will brim with the sounds, sights and smells of the Eastern Caribbean as the carnival returns to it’s spiritual home of Alexandra Park, Manchester.

Enjoy the infectious rhythms of song and dance as the carnival procession of floats winds its way through the crowds with steel bands, DJ’s, dance troupes, carnival queens and princesses. The elaborate costumes and folklore characters alone are a sight to behold.

The Manchester Carnival highlights will include the carnival parade with over 45 troupes, a main stage featuring the best of calypso, SOCA and reggae music, mouth-watering caribbean food and much more.

Here are some of the mass bands that take part in Manchester carnival every year.




SOCA Explosion Manchester

Power House Manchester

Africa Explosion Manchester

The Wheelers Manchester

The Westterd Manchester


UK Touring Bands


Nottingham Carnival Club

Leeds Carnival on the Road

Flex Birmingham

Preston Touring Band

Bradford Mass Band

Flamboyant Birmingham

Bumper Crew East Midlands

Huddersfield Touring Band

Blazing Flames Road Show

Spectrum Preston

Unique Bubblers Birmingham


Steel Bands


Fox Wood

Brom Steel

Whittington Steel

Sun Sea and Sand


We hope to see you on the 8th & 9th of august 2015.


New For Kids 2015

2015 Preparations Underway

This year’s Caribbean Carnival Manchester is returning to it’s spiritual home of Alexandra Park, Manchester on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th of August 2015.

Preparations are well underway for Carnival 2015. There’s new entertainment for kids with bouncy castles and slides as well as all the usual entertainment such as the carnival parade with over 45 troupes, our long list of mass bands, a main stage featuring the best of calypso, SOCA and reggae music, mouth watering Caribbean food and much more.

Enjoy the infectious rhythms of song and dance as the carnival procession of floats winds its way through the crowds with steel bands, DJ’s, dance troupes, carnival queens and princesses. The elaborate costumes and folklore characters alone are a sight to behold.

We’d love to see you there.

Bigint Ltd Web Development Huddersfield

New Carnival Website

At short notice Bigint Ltd Web Development based at the University of Huddersfield Duke of York Centre has stepped in to develop a new website to support the 2015 carnival.

the brief was to get the carnival back online as soon as possible

The new website will provide a platform to support the growth and promotion of the carnival over time. Daniel Bye, the managing director of Bigint said, “the brief was to get the carnival back online as soon as possible. However, it was important to do things properly, that’s the only way we work at Bigint.”

“We wanted to develop a website based on a sound platform for growth and that’s what we have done. It is important that modern websites display correctly across devices including mobiles, tablets and desktop computers and the new site supports all these devices.”

“Bigint also considered it important to develop on a platform that could integrate with social media so the carnival could get messages out to people, we have done that too. The colour for the new theme was taken directly from the previous blue carnival logo. The carnival now has a place online ready for the future.”