By Anthony Sudarmawan | 6/11/2013
On Sunday, June 9, 2013, the first annual Iowa City Carnaval Parade commenced on Dubuque Street when participants marched out from the Chauncey Swan parking lot. Despite a rather rainy day at the start, the Iowa City Carnaval Parade drew a lot of attention from passersby and onlookers.
Carnaval is celebrated around the world, particularly in South America. Modei Akyea, a carnaval participant and an Africa native, commented that this Carnaval Parade resembled African culture as well. This Carnaval Parade shows how Iowa City has been continuing its tradition of bringing international culture home.
Loyce Arthur, the Carnaval Parade event organizer and an associate professor in the UI Department of Theatre, had been planning this event for six years, and her team had been working hard since 2012. Born in Pennsylvania but growing up in Grenada (Caribbean), Arthur was exposed to international cultures at a young age, and she always wanted to celebrate diversity in Iowa City. Her journey to realize this Carnaval Parade was a long yet exciting one. She traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, London, and other places to eyewitness and research about local carnavals, and with help of her friends from those places, the Carnaval Parade was a success.