Summer Carnival Rotterdam 2014Festivals / Rotterdam
July 18-20, Various times
The Summer Carnival in Rotterdam returns this year with its colourful celebration, street parade and drums that will sure to have visitors feeling like they're in Latin America!
Summer Carnival in Rotterdam
Taking place since 1984, the Summer Carnival Rotterdam capitalised on the multicultural make-up of the city to activate a cherished Carribean and Latin American tradition.
Unlike their counterparts across the Atlantic, the pre-Lent Carnivals in Northern Europe unfortunately take place at too cold at time to imitate this sort of celebration.
Instead of missing out on this tradition, the organisers in Rotterdam simply decided to change the date while leaving the celebration unchanged.
With thousands of costumed dancers, massive floats, brass bands, drummers and its very own elected Queen, the street parade and side events are now among the most popular events in the city.
› To see the entire Robin Rotterdam Unlimited agenda, see here.
› All Carnival events can be found here.
› The map of the Carnival street parade is here.
› See here for the map of the Battle of the Drums.
Summer Carnival Rotterdam Activities
The Summer Carnival Rotterdam now takes place over the course of two days as part of the larger Robin Rotterdam Unlimited city event.
› Battle of the Drums | July 18 | 7pm
- Location: Hofplein and surrounding streets
Kicking off the Summer Carnival is the Battle of the Drums, which sees the streets surrounding the Hofplein filled with brass bands in a marching tour competing for the prestigious Golden Drum.
Bands competing include Caribbean Energy Brass, Rhythm All Stars Brassband & Brass Eternity Music.
› Parade & Performances | July 19 | 1pm
Location: Station Blaak to Witte de With Straat, Museumpark, Karel Doormanstraat, Coolsingel
The highlight of Summer Carnival is undoubtedly the street parade.
With 30 floats, thousands of dancers, elaborate costumes, dances and hundreds of thousands of fellow revellers, the streets become one of the liveliest parties of the year!
Later in the evening, the celebration continues when Machel Montano from Trinidad & Tobago playing soca music alongside his band for the first time in the Netherlands at the Hofplein.
Also in attendance will Orquesta Pegasaya, one of the oldest and most well-known salsa bands in the Netherlands, and the Antillean stars Cache Royale.