The countdown is on for St Paul's Carnival 2019!

The countdown is on for St Paul's Carnival 2019!

Posted on: 17 Apr 2019

After ending a short hiatus with their 50th Anniversary celebrations in 2018, St Paul's Carnival is back once again this July to brighten up Bristol streets with a party unlike any other. We've got the full lowdown for you ahead of this year's carnival, including information on trading stalls, help points, stages, afterparties and more - scroll down to find all the details.

St Paul's Carnival 2018. Image: Joe Rosser

Back for its second year in a row after returning in 2018 - much to the dismay of several angry mums on the Bristol's Post's comments section - is the much-loved the carnival draws crowds of thousands to the vibrant St Paul's area for a full day of incredible music, dancing, delicious food and drink and much more in a true celebration of community. From humble beginnings in 1968, St Paul's Carnival has evolved over the years to become one of Europe's favourite street-based spectacles of Afro-Caribbean culture.


There isn't a whole lot of information we can give you regarding confirmed music, parades, food stalls, drinks or stages at this year's Carnival just yet, but of the 1,000-plus people directly involved in 2018 and the thousands more that attended, we bet you know at least someone who'll be able to give you the lowdown on what to expect. Proceedings usually get underway at around 9am, with this year's carnival taking place on Saturday 6th July, and there are various recommended starting points, including Stokes Croft and The Criterion, a historic community pub located at 155 Ashley Road.

St Paul's Carnival.

Applications are currently open for traders to get involved this summer, with food stalls, drinks vendors, arts and crafts all encouraged to get in touch - contact the team via email on to apply or for further details.


Lakota has also just unveiled details of the official St Paul's Carnival afterparty to be hosted by the club, taking the party through to the early hours of Sunday morning. Musical responsibilities will be assumed by some of Bristol's most exciting underground DJs, with a huge range of genres to be showcased until the lights come up at 5am.


For more information on St Paul's Carnival or to find out how you can get involved this year, check out their official website. For regular updates and information as it's released, respond to the St Paul's Carnival Facebook listing.

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Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt graduated from UWE with a degree in Journalism in 2018. He's keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends gigs and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at