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Grand Carnivale is Cincinnati's must-see cultural event of 2021!
Come to Kings Island July 17 – August 1 to experience how the world kicks up its heels at our day-to-night, larger-than-life cultural celebration. King Carl Nivale, Queen Cara Nivale and their Royal Court are your hosts on a worldwide expedition. Visit exotic locales far and wide with authentic entertainment, delicious international cuisine, lively games, unique crafts and traditions from nations spanning the globe.
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 celebration filled with animated entertainers, spirited dancing, scrumptious eats and so much more.
Grand Carnivale is an international festival with AMAZING fun for everyone!
Spectacle of Color Parade
Experience the parade nightly starting at 8:30 pm.
Immerse yourself in the electrifying vibe of our Spectacle of Color Parade, our Grand Carnivale King and Queen’s exhilarating procession of cultural 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!
Flavors of Carnivale International Cuisine
Food Offerings Begin at 5:00 PM
What pairs best with an international festival? International cuisine! At Grand Carnivale, not only will you see and hear how the world celebrates, but you'll taste extraordinary food from global cultures. 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!
A vibrant variety of thrilling live entertainment awaits at Grand Carnivale. The King and Queen of Grand Carnivale have searched the world to bring you the finest acts of international music, dancing, acrobatics and much more. In some shows, you can join our talented performers in the fun. Everywhere you turn at this cultural celebration, you'll find something amazing!
There's Even More to See and Do!
Visit our craft booths to create your own dazzling crown, flowering lei or Carnivale noise maker. 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 Finale
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!