Manchester Caribbean Carnival 2023 - Times, parade, road closures, entertainment and all the key info

The vibrant annual event kicks off this weekend

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This weekend sees the return of Manchester Caribbean Carnival at Alexandra Park.

This vibrant and energetic carnival, celebrating its 51st event, marks 75 years since the Windrush generation’s arrival.

The popular annual event usually draws in around 60,000 attendees and passionately celebrates the Caribbean communities with a parade, Caribbean food stalls, and Reggae, Calypso, and Soca music.

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Caribbean head dress

The festivities kick off with a traditional J’ouvert at 7am on August 12, followed by a parade at 12pm, which will follow a revised route.

British-Jamaican artist, Stylo G, is headlining and there will be eight entertainment stages offering a host of talent.

The route begins outside the Moss Side Power House, continuing on Moss Lane East before turning on to Upper Lloyd Street. Then the route continues down Great Western Street, before turning right and following Quinney Crescent round.

The J’ouvert will continue down Alexandra Road, before finishing at Alexandra Park for around 9am.

This year’s parade route will not include Stretford Road, Old Birley Street, Greenhey’s Lane West and Chirchester Road South, as it has in the past.

Kicking off at around 12pm, the parade will commence from outside Alexandra Park. It will go down Claremont Road, following on to Yarburgh Street and up Chorlton Road.

The parade will turn right on to Moss Lane East, passing Moss Side Brewery and the Power House. It will turn on to Upper Lloyd Street before making its final stretch back on to Claremont Road, where it will conclude.

As a result of the parade, roads around the route will be closed earlier in the day.

Where to expect road closures:

J’Ouvert – Saturday 12 August

7am to 9am – these are on rolling road closures managed by UDP

Moss Lane East (Princess Rd to Upper Lloyd Street)

Upper Lloyd Street (Moss Lane East to Great Western Street)

Great Western Street (Upper Lloyd Street to Quinney Crescent)

Quiney Crescent (Great Western Street to Alexandre Road)

Alexandra Road (Quiney Crescent to Claremont Rd)

Parade Set-up/ dispersal – Saturday 12 August

Full closure

7am to 4pm

Claremont Road (Quinney Crescent to Alexandra Road)

Parade – Saturday 12 August

operating on rolling road closures between 11am to 2.30pm

11.30am to 12.50pm

Yarburgh (Alexandra Road to Withington Road)

Withington Rd (Yarburgh to Moss Lane West)

12.15pm to 1.10pm

Moss lane West (Withington Road to Moss Lane East)

Moss Lane East (Moss lane West to Princess Road)

12.40pm to 1.35pm

Moss lane East (Princess road to Upper Lloyd Street)

Upper Lloyd Street (Moss lane East to Claremont Rd)

Claremont Road (Upper Lloyd to Quinney Crescent)

Egress – Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 August

Traffic will be prohibited on Claremont Road.

The diversion for traffic will be:

1. Quinney Crescent, Greame Street and Vies Versa.

2. Great Western Street, Quinney Crescent and Vies Versa

3. Princess Road, Wilbraham Road, Alexander Road South, Claremont Road and Vies Versa

Start time 6pm to 8pm

How to join the event

Entry is free but donations are welcome. The Parade is also free to watch. The event will run both days (Saturday 12 and Sunday 13) from 12pm until 8pm.

Alexandra Park, 180 Russell St, Manchester, M16 7JL

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