Known by its original name, The Central Florida West Indian American Carnival Association was founded in 1986. Johnson Gilbert had a vision, that would bring a Caribbean carnival to Central Florida. which he included a few more people to see a Caribbean carnival in this area. With the assistance of a dedicated few, 1987 saw its inaugural “pre-carnival” held at the Central Florida Fairgrounds. The planning and presentation of subsequent Carnivals have proved to be a challenging and onerous undertaking.
The participants in the carnival:
- Costume designers
- Sponsors and others,
provide our festival with the spirit of what the multicultural celebration means. The realization is that without all of those mentioned above, the spirit of carnival would be non-existent. We appreciate the input and the undying love they undoubtedly have for this great tradition.
There have been challenges to keep the Caribbean culture going but with determination and perseverance, we continue progressing as we celebrate 31 years.
“Carnival is indeed the labor of love”