Philadelphia Carnival Showcases Caribbean Culture

Amanda Finlaw, for GPA -- The Philadelphia Carnival, which occurred in Fairmount Park on Father’s Day Weekend of June 15th, artistically celebrated Caribbean culture, and served as a platform to teach Philadelphians about this culture through showcasing artful expressions, including music, dancing, and costume.

The attendees of the carnival were a mix of many global backgrounds, and came together in celebration of International culture and art. There was a lively, festive atmosphere to the carnival, created by dancers in bright, feathered costumes, steel pan orchestras and performers of many varieties. This made the Philadelphia Carnival fun for all ages and ethnicities.

According to the Philadelphia Carnival’s official website, the mission of the event is to “serve as an advocate and educational resource dedicated to engaging people of all backgrounds and ages in exploring and experiencing how Caribbean Art and Culture affect their lives; and to inspire youth to become innovators and future proponents of their Caribbean heritage both here and abroad.”

At the festival, there were foods hailing from the Caribbean to experience and enjoy, as well as other International foods. In addition to tasty treats, there were souvenirs and crafts to take home. 

The Philadelphia Carnival is a lively global event of culture and excitement for everyone, in which an attendee can learn about Caribbean art and culture while having fun in the sun.