Almost 1,000 people set to participate in biggest ever Newbury Carnival Parade!
The stage is set this weekend for the one of the biggest Newbury Carnival’s in years, as almost 1,000 people are taking part in the Carnival Parade and they are set to wow the crowds!
Nearly 55 entries, comprising massive floats to single walking entries, marching bands and musicians, will entertain the crowds with their colourful costumes and music. Prizes will be awarded in eight separate categories for those best capturing the theme ‘Heroes and Villains’.
The Parade starts at 2pm from Pound Street and kicks off with the wonderful sounds of the Harley Davidson Drive Through, closely followed by the Rampage Mas Band, the Reading Scottish Pipe Band, and Newbury’s very own Carnival Princesses, plus dozens of highly decorated floats, classic cars, and individuals, all lead by the Newbury Town Crier!
In addition the Newbury Carnival Fete has over 100 stalls, children’s rides and activities for all ages, a circus skills tent, horses, classic cars, a dog show and The Lions Carnival Duck Race. It includes great music and dance performances throughout the afternoon at the main stage and arena. These include the spectacular Rampage Mas Band to give Newbury a flavour of a Notting Hill Carnival, and the amazing Mini Band, aged 12-15, to inspire young musicians. There are also many activities such as a range of sports, African Drumming or ‘Hogan’s Try-Out Instruments’ sessions that are completely free of charge.
The Carnival fun starts at 12 mid-day, when the Carnival Fete opens in Victoria Park. The Carnival Parade starts at 2pm and goes through Bartholomew Street, Northbrook Street, and The Broadway to the Clock Tower and finishing in Park Way.
If you want to join the record breaking parade there is still time and entry is free. Details of how to join can be found at www.newburycarnival.co.uk