Carnival Parade

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  • Festival Parade on route by Rashde Fidigo
  • Festival Parade on route by Ibra Muddy

Carnival Parade

Thu 13 Feb, 3:00pm

Mapinduzi Square, Michenzani (approx 2km from the Old Fort)

3:00pm Parade participants dress-up, warm-up, show off
4:20pm Parade Depart to Forodhani
5:00pm Parade arrives (Forodhani Gardens)

The Carnival Parade is the largest street event of its kind in Zanzibar! It is a unique experience for performing artists, international visitors and the people of Zanzibar to be united in the celebration of music from the region.

In addition, we liaise with schools, NGOs and government institutions to ensure a cross-section of Zanzibar's varied cultural life is represented in unity and in celebration.

In past years the parade has featured over twenty performing arts groups from Zanzibar, including: beni brass bands, ngoma drummers, sound systems, stilt-walkers acrobats, clowns, fire eaters, capoeira, Kilua and Mdundiko dancers, Mwanandege 'umbrella ladies', Maasai and Reki warriors and many other surprises. Put simply, there are people of all ages and a dizzying kaleidoscope of colours.

This is the one day of the year when even the Zanzibar police are smiling! Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, as we stop the traffic and rock the streets. Wear your smiles and make some noise!

  • Festival Parade on route at Sauti za Busara 2017 by Robin Batista
  • Festival Parade arrives by Ishu (Ismail Ali Abeid)