Carnival Memphis, originally called Cotton Carnival, was established in 1931 but has roots dating back to Memphis in the late 1880s. Its original purpose was to promote and celebrate the cotton industry, a major local economic force in those days. A “Mardi Gras” style celebration developed and became a major annual local event. “Secret” societies were formed as social clubs to participate in the festivities and evolved into today’s Carnival Krewes. As cotton’s dominance as a local economic force waned, the event evolved into Carnival Memphis. Each year a different industry is honored for its contribution to the local economy and the Krewes all participate in fund raising for designated charities selected by Carnival Memphis.
You may find participation in Carnival Memphis activities and fundraising efforts to be a personally fulfilling and rewarding experience. Read more about Carnival Memphis.