The main attraction of our dawn til dusk festival is the Parade of Bands Competition. Carnival goers line the streets to cheer on the mas bands as they compete to claim the title of “Windy City Carnival Midwest Band of the Year”. This is the highest and most coveted honor that can be earned at Windy City Carnival. Though bragging rights are high currency, the grand prize money takes the fun to a whole new level. For more information on joining a band or starting your own, Contact Us Today!
The Core of our Celebration.
Band of The Year
Art Meets Rhythm
Register Your Band
As the fifth largest North American city, Chicago is home to a diverse population. It is a thriving hub for music and culture and is the proud home to President Barack Obama. We have met with city and community leaders to position the Windy City Carnival as a key celebration of culture and cuisines. Windy City Carnival will take place on Saturday August 18, 2018, with a traditional parade of bands. We invite you to join in the competition for the coveted crown of “Band of the Year”!
Connect With The Culture
Doing This Together
2017 Carnival Partners
Thank you for creating all of the delicious cuisines that showcase the unique flavors of the islands.
Thank you for supporting in every area needed for us to have a successful Carnival.
For your unwavering support in all Windy City Carnival endeavors.
Randolph Coleman (Calypso Cavalcade), Ochoa “Harvey Connection”, Mizel Boice, DJ Fire
Covered us with his grace and mercy and sustained us through all challenges. Without Him none of this would be possible.
So many talented bands... thanks for making the hard decision of Band of the Year. Latoya McDonald (Bahamas), Cree Lyons (Trini-American), Richard Etienne (Trini-American), Gideon Charles (Trinidad & Tobago), Stewart "Blade" Garcia (Belizian)
Panel of Judges
Thank you for your contributions in our administrative, media and volunteer operations.
Shani Audain, Pilar Audain-Reed, Autumn Jimenez
Your contribution to our activities was much appreciated. Thank you for partnering with us to deliver high quality events, food and beverages.
City of Chicago, Alderman Leslie Hairston, Chicago Park District, University of Chicago
Music is the pulse of our celebration. Thanks for your contribution leading the charge of our Many Beats... One Rhythm!