Carrick Carnival is an action-packed 10 day festival being held at the beginning of June each year in Carrick on Shannon County Leitrim. This year’s event is from Friday 1st to Sunday 10th June 2018
The Carnival is an eclectic mix of amazing street entertainment, ridiculous races (barmen racing with pints, balls racing down the street, homemade rafts racing across the Shannon, pigs racing with teddies as jockeys…!!), live music, kids fun days, traditional amusements and incredible evening events such as Battle of the Musicals and Carrick’s own version of Strictly Come Dancing.
There’s also street parades, fireworks, dance shows and spectacular feats such as air shows or water jet pack displays!
Almost all of the events are free. The aim of the festival is to have the craic and enjoy Carrick and all it has to offer – the river, the lovely streets, cafes, restaurants, pubs, art centre, market place, shops and of course, the people.
Carrick Carnival is a non-profit voluntary organisation which has been in operation since 2012, with the first festival being held in 2013 to mark the 400th anniversary of Carrick on Shannon being founded. The committee is made up of up to 20 volunteers who give a huge amount of time in to putting it on.
The festival is funded primarily through sponsorship and local fundraising and would not happen without the support of the local and national businesses that give so generously every year.
We also have received massive support from Leitrim County Council, An Garda Siochana, Waterways Ireland, Failte Ireland, Leitrim Tourism and the many agencies who provide assistance, help, advice and all the other things that are required along the way.
The committee would like to thank everyone who makes it possible and everyone who joins in the festivities. Seeing people enjoy the events makes it all worthwhile!