Every information you need about Carnival Calabar or Calabar Carnival or Calabar Festival as it’s been called can be found here.
Carnival Calabar, founded in 2004 by the former governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke is one of Africa’s biggest street parties.
It is made up of 5 Competitive bands and other non-competitive bands. The band that have the highest record is Masta Blasta Band, winning a treble amongst it top prizes.
The five competitive bands are; Masta Blasta, Passion 4, Seagull, Bayside and Freedom band. All the five bands compete for the ultimate prize, where the winner goes home with the biggest trophy including cash.
The event takes place from October to December every year, with the main festival event being 26, 27 and 28 December for the Children, Bikers and Adult Carnival respectively.
The event witnesses 3 Dry Runs, with the first being in October, second in November and the third in December every calendar year.
The festival attracts tourists from across the world, making the city and the state the most visited place in Nigeria.