Summer Carnival Foundation
Rotterdam ~ Nederland
The Summer Carnival Foundation was initiated by the Antillean community and the summer carnival takes place annually in the centre of Rotterdam. A 1.75 km procession is led by the Carnival Queen who is chosen each year. More than 2500 people take part - Antilleans, Colombians, Cape Verdeans, Brazilians, Surinamese, Dutch, and other communities and nationalities all celebrate this multicultural and international exchange. The carnival attracts 760,000 visitors from all over the country and abroad (in 2001). By awarding the Rotterdam Summer Carnival the Prince Claus Fund is explicitly acknowledging the positive contribution of Antillean culture to Dutch society.