Grand Carnivale at Kings Island kicked off last weekend! This colorful celebration runs though July 7 and is a fun and festive cultural experience your family will love.
Discover how the world kicks up its heels at Grand Carnivale, a larger-than-life festival celebrating the rich traditions of China, Italy, France, India and Germany. Savor authentic tastes and sips, play lively games, make unique crafts, be mesmerized by the extravagant parade and top off the night at the party of all parties filled with international music, magic and merrymaking.
Dayton Parent publisher Hannah enjoyed a fun-filled sneak peek of Grand Carnival over the weekend, and shared the scoop on what to expect and what you should definitely experience:
First, Grand Carnivale festivities are included with your admission to Kings Island! You can enjoy the music, decor, food and parades for FREE!
Second, you HAVE to get the Grand Carnivale Food Tasting Card. This card allows you to try 6 different cultural food items of your choosing for only $30. You can try Mama’s Meatballs in Italy, a Bratwurst in Germany or Vegetable Samosas in India (to name a few). PLUS, you have your choice of some amazing desserts – we definitely recommend the Cannolis! For a look at the full menu, click here. We were SO STUFFED after working our way “around the world” and tasting some amazing dishes! The food and beverage carts open at 5 pm each night.
Third, make sure that you get a great seat for the Spectacle of Color Parade! The parade starts at 8:00pm in Coney Mall and works its way to the front of the park around the fountains. Your little ones will love to the bright colored floats in addition to the dancing, singing, bubbles and streamers. In true Mardi Gras fashion – the parade participants throw beads to the crowd, so make sure you are ready to catch them!
Hosted by the King of Carnivale, this procession features a gigantic elephant, Bollywood performers, a Jules Verne airship and more, promising to enchant and delight all. (Note that this parade is weather-dependent.)