Abuja Carnival is one of the most exhilarating Nigerian cultural jamborees that hold annually (mostly in November or December). It includes street parades, boat regattas and Nigerian States cultural competition. Abuja carnival was established in 2005 to showcase the rich culture and crystallization of the creative spirit and cultural diversity of the Nigerian people, the Carnival has also been established as a major international calendar event, and is unique in many ways.
The carnival attracts 200,000 local and international participants consisting of contingents from the states, participating countries, visitors, volunteers, vendors, exhibitors, photographers, set/costume designers, artisans, students, security personnel, Para-medics, traffic officers, officials of supporting agencies and media people. It is also a “breathtaking photo-event which brings over 250 cultures and diverse forms of entertainment together in various events spanning for four days in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. Recently, courtesy of corporate sponsorship, Durbar and Polo tournaments have added to the Carnival.