DC Caribbean Carnival is one of the fastest growing Carnivals in North America.
Established in 1993, this carnival has developed from nine bands and approximately 150,000 spectators the first year to 25 bands and well over 300,000 spectators according to estimates by the Washington Metropolitan Police.
To date, all of the participating groups have been local to the DC Metropolitan Area, comprising of representatives from every Caribbean country.
The carnival has enjoyed support from several local, national and family-owned businesses.

Getting Involved

DC Caribbean Carnival, Inc. encourages community participation through several avenues.

  • Bands, groups and troupes are encouraged to register by completing DCCC’s application, waiver and paying a nominal fee. For an application, contact DCCC.

  • Vendors come in two categories, Craft and Food, with the option of vending on Saturday only, Sunday only or both Saturday and Sunday.
    All food vendors must demonstrate previous vending experience with similar festivals and must comply with the District of Columbia Health Department’s regulations. Vendors shall sell no beer or alcoholic beverages. Violators will be arrested and/or fined by a DC police officer. For an application, contact DCCC.

  • To enjoy DC’s carnival as a masquerader, contact one of the bands registered to participate in the parade.

  • To learn more about Washington DC to help make your visit a truly enjoyable one visit www.washington.org