Tampa Bay International Carnival 2024 Returns July 13 and 14

July 8, 2024  -Celebrate the vibrant culture, music, food, and fun at the 25th annual Tampa Bay International Carnival on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14, from 10 am to 10 pm at Albert Whitted Park.

The event will feature live music, mouthwatering cuisine, handmade crafts, unique merchandise, a colorful costume parade, Steel Band performance, Mas Bands, and more. Albert Whitted Park is located at 480 Bayshore Drive SE in downtown St. Petersburg.

Live performances

The finest steel orchestra band in the world, Desperadoes, a 30-piece steel orchestra band direct from Trinidad and Tobago, will be performing on both days. Saturday’s live music lineup features Latin reggae artists De Los Adolescentes, Notch, Don Chezina, and more.

Sunday kicks off with a colorful costume parade in downtown St. Petersburg, followed by live music featuring a mix of Caribbean talent to keep attendees dancing.

After the parade, the Grammy award-winning Bad Boys of Reggae, Inner Circle, known for the “Bad Boys” movie theme song and “Sweat,” will perform live on July 14.

Headlining the event on Sunday is International Soca star Kes the Band, performing hits like “Hello” and “Wotless” from their newly released album Man With No Door. Plus, enjoy music by DJ Osocity, DJ Lips International, and more.

Additionally, on Friday, July 12, there will be an opening celebration for the Carnival festival, with a free lunchtime performance by the Desperadoes Steel Orchestra in front of the St. Petersburg City Hall.

The 25th Annual Tampa Bay International Carnival is proudly hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Association in partnership with the City of St. Petersburg.

“We look forward to our long-standing tradition of celebrating the culture, spirit, and traditions of the Caribbean. Attendees will enjoy the live music acts, cuisine, handmade crafts, and colorful costume parade. We look forward to our 25th annual event being our best yet,” said event organizer George Carrington.

The Trinidad & Tobago Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing a safe, family-friendly festival to Central Florida and outlying areas, fostering community pride and civic involvement, and providing opportunities for the Caribbean people in Central Florida to share their culture, promote cultural exchange, and build economic cooperation in the multiethnic and multicultural environment of Central Florida.

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