Celebrating 50 years of the Manchester Caribbean Carnival

Posted 09 Aug 2022

On Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 August, a team of One Manchester colleagues will be at Manchester Caribbean Carnival as the festival celebrates its 50th anniversary.

For us, it’s really important to celebrate the communities in which we work. That’s why a number of our colleagues will be coming together to spend the weekend enjoying our city's Caribbean culture, music, food and heritage.

The Manchester Caribbean Carnival is an annual festival that brings the Caribbean flavour and revelry to Alexandra Park (Moss Side) every August. Moss Side is an area of Manchester rooted in African and Caribbean history, dating back to seamen and service people settling there after both world wars. 

The first carnival was held in the 1970’s when a group of residents of Saint Kitts and Nevis and Trinidadian origin threw an impromptu procession through the streets, just like they used to back home. Every year since, the carnival has involved a parade featuring bands, dance troupes and floats travelling through neighbouring Hulme and Moss Side and ending up in the park for a party of community events, music and food. 

Our colleagues will be at the festival on Saturday and Sunday between 12.30-5pm, along with our Moss Side housing partners – Arawak Walton, MSV, Great Places and Jigsaw. Each organisation will be represented by colleagues at our joint stall, where we’ll be engaging with festivalgoers and giving out a range of free goodies. Do come along and say hi! 

You can find out more about the carnival here: Home - The Manchester Caribbean Carnival (themanchestercarnival.com)