Bristol’s St Pauls Carnival looking Forward To 2019 Already

One of the highlights of this year’s St Pauls Carnival will be its impressive live music offering – and there’s sure to be plenty for everyone to enjoy across all of the event’s stages.

St Pauls Carnival returns to Bristol on Saturday, July 7 after a three-year hiatus, and with roads closed throughout the weekend to make way for the celebration, it’s set to be a huge party.

St Pauls Carnival’s 50th anniversary was celebrated in style in Bristol. More than 100,000 people attended the outdoor event which was mainly a celebration of Afro-Caribbean culture.

The event featured a mix of music across 17 stages, authentic Jamaican cuisine and a four-hour procession filled with colour and vibrancy.

The event, which took a three-year break had a £600,000 grant from the Arts Council. It’s hoped it will return in 2019. The collaborative effort by the organising committee and local authorities made the event a success.

On St Paul’s Carnival’s Facebook page, the committee `made a statement saying “We’d like to extend a very warm thank you to everyone involved in staging St Pauls Carnival 2018.

We are grateful to the residents of St Pauls, and our volunteers, as well as carnival sponsors and partners for their invaluable support in making carnival happen. Putting this iconic event on has been possible due to the collaborative efforts of many agencies across the city.


Thank you to Avon and Somerset Constabulary for their community-style policing, and to all the emergency services who were present throughout, as well as Bristol City Council and Arts Council England for their ongoing commitment and support.

The event which focused on the theme of ‘unity’ was very well attended by young families and multi-generations enjoying the positive vibes of carnival. We estimate that crowd numbers were likely to have been in excess of 100,000.

Our goal has always been to make carnival a sustainable event and develop partnerships with sponsors. At this stage we’re hopeful that carnival will return next year.”