Get ready to experience the first ever Mela parade as it weaves its way through the heart of the city centre in a fabulous fusion of colour, music and dance.
The parade will leave at 12.30pm moving along Donegal Street, onto Bridge Street before turning on High Street and making its way down Royal Avenue onto Donegal Place and then ending at City Hall. The best viewing points for the parade are on High Street and Royal Avenue/Donegal Place.
There will be rolling road closures along the carnival parade route between 11.40am and 1pm. Diversions will be in place on roads and streets that intersect this route.
We are taking steps to ensure future Melas are as green as possible. Almost everything in the parade is people-powered – pushed, pulled, wheeled, and walked – different to many parades which rely on vehicles. Parade props created with community groups are made from environmentally friendly materials and are able to be recycled.
As part of Mela Carnival we will have an opportunity for community groups across Belfast and beyond to take part in a free workshop programme with our friends at Annan’s Arch to make spectacular nature-inspired props and costume for the parade. If you would like to sign up to take part in the parade fill out our registration form here and a member of our team will be in touch.
Do you perform in the community and want to showcase your group in the parade? We would love for you to join us in one of the largest carnival parades ever to take place in the city through performance and arts showcases. If you would like to sign up to take part in the parade fill out our registration form here and a member of our team will be in touch.
Be part of our colour procession and walk the route with us while throwing colourful powders in a party atmosphere among friends! Simply register to take part here and come along on the day, dressed in white, to receive your free pack of colours to create a colour frenzy across the city centre like never seen before.