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Grand Carnivale: The Carolina's Must-See International Festival of 2022!
Come to Carowinds on June 25 - July 10 to experience how the world kicks up its heels at our day-to-night, larger-than-life, global celebration. King Carl Nivale, Queen Cara Nivale, and their Royal Court are your hosts on a worldwide expedition. Enjoy AMAZING high-energy live music, delicious international food, lively games, and unique crafts!
Take in the extravagant sights and sounds of our nighttime Spectacle of Color Parade, a glittering sensory spectacular of lavish floats, interactive street performers, and pulsing rhythms. As the parade concludes, thunderous music builds to a crescendo and our King and Queen kick off a high-energy block party filled with animated entertainers, spirited dancing, scrumptious eats and so much more. Grand Carnivale is an international festival with AMAZING fun for everyone!
Flavors of Carnivale International Food Festival
While Grand Carnivale is a worldwide block party, it’s also a worldwide food festival. Foodies will rejoice at the wide variety of scrumptious flavors and enchanting aromas. Make sure to grab a Grand Carnivale Tasting Card so you can sample exquisite tastes from around the world!
The Spectacle of Color Parade
Immerse yourself in the electrifying vibe of our Spectacle of Color Parade, our Grand Carnivale King and Queen’s exhilarating procession of traditions from around the globe. Extravagantly decorated floats, mesmerizing street performers, and pulsing rhythms will enchant and delight spectators of all ages. At several points along the route, we'll pause the parade, and you can join us for dancing, singing, and merrymaking!
A vibrant variety of live music and thrilling entertainment awaits at Grand Carnivale. The King and Queen of Grand Carnivale bring you the finest acts of live music, dancing, acrobatics, and much more. In some shows, you can join our talented performers in the fun. Around every corner is something new to see and hear!
There's Even More to See And Do!
Visit our craft booths to create your own dazzling crown, flowering lei, or Carnivale noisemaker. Then, wear them to our Spectacle of Color Parade and you'll be dressed to impress the King and Queen of Carnivale. When they pass by, they might even ask you to join their royal promenade!
The Royal Send Off
As the parade winds down, gear up for a party! Enjoy high-energy live entertainment, dancing in the streets and delicious food and drinks from around the globe. After the party, stick around for our Grand Carnivale Royal Finale with a fireworks and lights spectacular.
Mardi's International QR Invitational
Our Alligator King Mardi P. Gras needs to deliver Grand Carnivale invitations to his friends around the world. Can you help? In our international scavenger hunt, you'll travel to each country, meet new friends and snap QR codes that reveal fun facts and clues. Earn rewards for every country you visit!
Mardi's Game Gallery
Everyone is a grand winner at our Grand Carnivale Games. Step right up to challenge your friends and have a blast. All your favorite amusement park games are here – and maybe a few new ones.