The 2017 Calabar Carnival edition is inspired by Migration.


Africa has always known Migration, it has also been the home of many cultures for many centuries. During slavery and colonization time, Africa was the home for many foreigners. Now it becomes the land of opportunity.

This time the world recognizes it as the new frontier, not to be exploited for the benefits of others but to be cultivated on its own. The Calabar Carnival and Festival is an opportunity to bring people together in going beyond tribal and religious conflicts.

It also showcases Africa’s talent and several opportunities.

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Calabar is a city in Cross River State, coastal South Eastern 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.

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.