Held during the Black Heritage Festival, the tradition of the Lagos Carnival has ben held for over a century and is a celebration of the city's acenstry and the plurality of its identity. Street carnivals were first held by the returnee emancipados and their decendants from Brazil, Cuba, Sierra Leone and Liberia, who brought with them a vibrant culture that still exists today, one of which evolved in 2010 into the pulsating and exiting experience that is the Lagos Carnival.
Preparations involve the employment of thousands of artisans who are gainfully engaged for about six months prior to each carnival. These artisans produce all the thousands of beautifully designed consumes as well as the decorated floats locally.
This is an annual opportunity for Lagosians to celebrate with each other and enjoy the colours, dancing and flamboyant artistry of Carnival day.