This year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester (CCOM) at Alexandra Park will be held over the weekend of 10 – 11 August 2019.
The annual festival always brings the Caribbean flavour and revelry for a weekend, at least, to Manchester. The procession brings traffic to a halt; as dancers display their spectacular costumes with the sounds of Reggae, Calypso and Soca pumping across the cityscape through powerful sound systems.
Last year’s Windrush Bacchanal theme commemorated the generation’s impact not only on our city but nationwide. The celebrations marked 70 years since The Empire Windrush arrived in England.
Organisers of the CCOM have stated that preparations for the carnival are underway, as they promise to bring an even brighter and fun-filled weekend of Caribbean celebrations.
As always there will be Caribbean food stalls and barbecue stands on both days in the park. With various stages hosting a selection of Dancehall, Soca and Afrobeats, the park will be teeming with dancers and revelers. Although this year’s line-up has not been revealed, expect live music and local DJ sets to add to provide the much-needed backdrop for visitors to relax and be festive.
A visible presence of police and emergency service personnel is always a reassuring sight of safety at the park and the surrounding streets.
Back in March, Manchester City Council amounted that a new advisory group was being set up to develop a long-term vision for the carnival.
The community-led advisory group was to provide oversight for this year’s Carnival on an interim basis, while building a long-term business plan to ensure the future success of the event.
The group’s membership will be drawn from the community, plus representatives of Manchester City Council, bringing together individuals with a wide range of skills and expertise in event planning on an unpaid, voluntary basis.
Although the council does not grant a right to host the Carnival, it does provide funding and resources to support the safe delivery of the event by the community on an annual basis.
The new advisory group was established after the conclusion of a process which saw three separate applications from different community organisations for council funding to support the hosting of 2019’s Carnival.
The advisory group will work with local people to plan this year’s event and will also be developing a long-term strategy, structure and financial model for the Carnival, in close consultation with the community.
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