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I first went to Hollywood Carnival in 2018 to celebrate my return from a 9-month long deployment to Kosovo. Aside from COVID, I have made it a point to attend each year.
Los Angeles, California is a melting pot, and Hollywood Carnival is a reflection of the city’s diversity. Its technically not a Caribbean Carnival, rather a cultural festival that ends with a parade representing countries from all over the world.
Don’t get it twisted, the Caribbean mas bands and fetes is what makes Hollywood Carnival worthwhile (note, that is my SUBJECTIVE opinion). It is a fantastic stateside carnival, ESPECIALLY if you are a newbie. Here is everything you need to know to start planning your trip.
Hollywood Carnival 2024 parade is set for June 22, 2024.
Hollywood Carnival band launch
Los Angeles Culture Fest will likely host its band launch at the Globe Theatre in Los Angeles sometime in late February or March. Be sure to check back frequently for updates. Click here to follow Hollywood Carnival’s instagram page.
Where to stay in Los Angeles
I personally prioritize hotels that are close to the parade, and not the parties. My absolute favorite hotel is the Intercontinental Los Angeles Downtown. It is about a 10 minute drive to the parade route (with consideration to LA traffic). This hotel boasts the highest bar on the western hemisphere, and amenities that will keep you coming back, to include three restaurants and pool.
The parade route begins on Normandie Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, ending at Highland avenue.
To search for accommodations near the route, check on the booking.com widget below.
Partying during Hollywood Carnival
The carnival committee hosts some fabulous events, and you should definitely check them out. To purchase separate tickets or a festival pass, check out the eventbrite link here.
Pick a band and play mas!
Detailed below is a list of Carnival bands in alphabetical order:
In conclusion, Los Angeles culture fest is definitely a carnival you don’t want to skip on if you are curious about Carnival. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!