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2016 Theme:
Climate Change

The theme was carefully selected to reflect current global realities, with a view to drawing the attention of government & individuals to the need to take necessary action against climate change.

Calabar is a city in Cross River State, coastal southeastern Nigeria. The original name for Calabar was Akwa Akpa, from the Efik language. The city is watered by the Calabar and Great Kwa Rivers and creeks of the Cross River.

Carnival Calabar Festival in Nigeria, also tagged ” Africa’s Biggest Street Party”, was created as part of the vision of making the Cross River State in Nigeria, the No. 1 tourist destination for Nigerians and tourist all over the world.

Climate Change; This year’s theme was carefully selected to reflect current global realities, with a view to drawing the attention of government & individuals to the need to take necessary action against climate change.

Bayside Band

Bayside Band Bayside Band is one of the five Carnival Bands registered in the annual Christmas Festival of Cross River State of Nigeria.

Masta Blasta Band

The Masta Blasta Band also known as “The Orange Family”, is the largest & most entertaining of the 5 principal bands of the annual Carnival Calabar.

Freedom Band

Freedom band which is identified with the colour Yellow; was founded Capt. Henry Brisibe and Mr. Larry Esin in 2005. Since its establishment, the band has consistently been among the best three in all previous editions of the Carnival Calabar event.

Seagull Band

Seagull band was registered in 2005 for the Cross River State annual Christmas festival. It’s the most stylish & co-ordinated body with the main objective of promoting & sustaining the Tourism & Hospitality industry.

Passion 4 Band

Passion 4 is the most successful band in Carnival Calabar, having been six edition Champions and two editions first runners up in the eight years of the existence of the competition aspect of the carnival.