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Birmingham International Carnival

Birmingham Carnival is a free annual two-day event which showcases Afro-Caribbean art and culture accompanied with great entertainment. It is usually held in the first weekend of August. Performers with their loud and dramatic costumes dance all the way in a mardi-gras style procession from Oxhill Road through to Perry Park.

Revellers can indulge themselves in Caribbean food, and craft items available at stalls throughout the procession route. The food and drink specialties include jerk chicken, fried dumplings, saltfish fritters, Jamaican Stout, ginger beer, corn on the cob and Jamaican patties.

It was started in 1984 and was then known as Handsworth Carnival. One of the key figures at the carnival is Alton Browne who creates up to 200 extravagant dresses for the day and also trains the steel band and troupe of limbo dancers. The carnival ends with live music and a fireworks display.

DateSunday 2nd August 2009
DescriptionOxhill Road (Birmingham B21) through to Perry Park

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Time(s)12.30 till evening
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