Sat 8th June 2024 on the Green

Carnival Floats

Thank you to anyone taking part!  In 2022 we had around 13 floats – walking or vehicles.  This year we are privileged to have the Queens Regimental Association Drums leading the Parade at 12.00.

There will be our celebrity friends from repair workshop who will open the Parade at 12.00 sharp.

We would like all the floats to muster beforehand at 11.15 at the latest.  Once you get there Pat Byrne will be there as a Parade Marshal.  He will meet you and check your floats and people to ensure that they are safe to go onto the Parade.  Once that is done you will receive a certificate which will also contain all the judging information.  

There is a panel of judges who will be judging the floats and at the end of the day awards will be presented.

The route – is on the website. It goes from the school, down Front Road.  When the Parade gets to the Surgery that is an opportunity for those who can’t do the whole parade to jump on at that point (jump on point one).  The Parade then goes up Lower Road until the Jean Mealham Popin Centre which is jump on point two.  Another opportunity to join the Parade to say that you were part of the Parade even if you can’t do the whole Parade.

You must make the Carnival aware in advance if you intend to use either of the jump on points. Email or contact Pat Byrne direct.

Trophy plaques will be awarded on Carnival Day for the following:

  • Best Mobile Float
  • Best Pedestrian Float
  • Best Child Costume
  • Best Adult Costume

Are you thinking of entering a float into this year’s Carnival? Below you will find answers to some common questions that will help you get started. Building a Carnival float can be a great project & doesn’t have to be expensive if you work as a group & plan things together. It can also be a great social project during the planning stages, if you work with friends & family.

Speak to people, get together with friends & family, someone always knows someone else who has many of the items needed. If you contact your local farmer & ask them if they can help you, many are happy to let you have access to a tractor & trailer.

There will obviously be some cost involved, but be resourceful. Working as a group can often reduce much of the cost, if you all work together.

Yes there are H&S issues & we give all entries the basic simple rules we ask you to follow, but these rules really are common sense. As event organisers we want everyone to be safe, including those taking part, & the public who watch, but also to have fun.

The time to start thinking of making a float is ideally four or five months before the carnival. Again working as a group, you can start to collect the things you need, then put your ideas together with an aim at starting to build the float approx. two weeks before carnival.

No, there is no need for you to take out additional insurance. Again, providing you adhere to the simple H&S rules, act responsibly etc, you will be fine & you will have great fun. The provider of your vehicle will need to be covered for the vehicle insurance.

We have sought advice from the police on this issue, & we are happy to advise you if you intend to use an agricultural vehicle. Please contact one of the committee listed for further advice.

The route will be published soon but will be no more than 1/2 mile but it is not necessary to travel the entire route - please speak to the organisers if you need a reduced route. Also, a Carnival Float can be a static display on the Green.

Contact one of the Carnival Committee who will be more than happy to help & advise you. Please see the Contact Us on this website.

Float examples from years gone past

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