A&E: Drums of Steel

Philly Carnival returns for its fifth summer to celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month

Forget about booking this summer's family vacation to the Caribbean. On June 16th, the Philadelphia Multi-Cultural Carnival Association is bringing every ounce of island flavor to Philly, including the


Forget about booking this summer's family vacation to the Caribbean. On June 16th, the Philadelphia Multi-Cultural Carnival Association is bringing every ounce of island flavor to Philly, including steel drums and, without question, costumed masqueraders.

Carnival-goers can expect the Parade of Bands, authentic Caribbean foods, island-inspired arts and crafts, and kids' activities such as carnival mask making and face painting. This is more than just an island-themed block party, however — it's educational, too. But, shhh, we won't let that spoil the party. Check out phillycarnival.com to learn the story behind the celebration.

June 16th, all day long, Free, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, 42nd and Parkside Avenue; phillycarnival.com