Carnival, Newbury, News

Thousands line the streets to watch spectacular parade

Massive crowds flocked to Newbury on Sunday for the Newbury Carnival Parade and Carnival Fete.

The event, which was opened by Newbury Town Mayor, Mr Howard Bairstow, started with the Carnival Fete at 12.00 noon, with the main Parade starting at 2.00pm in Pound Street, travelling through the centre of Town to join the Fete in Victoria Park.

The crowds were treated to some spectacular entries including the wonderful John the Giant, the Rampage Mas Band, the Harley Davidson Drive Through and the Reading Scottish Pipe Band.

JohnTheGiant Newbury


The judges were full of praise for the many community floats which produced a fine crop of creative and colourful entries from schools, local businesses, youth groups, charities and other community groups. The prize categories were once again hotly contested and the winners were as follows:

  • Best Individual or Small Group Entry
    • Suits Newbury & Mrs Jones Bridal wear with Celebration Carriages: Cinderella
  • Best Music or Dance Entry
    • Steps Ahead Dance School and Ruby Slippers Dancewear: Men in Black
  • Best Walking Entry
    • KATS – Kennet Amateur Theatrical Society: The Costume Crew!
  • Michael Smith Memorial Prize for Best Youth Group Entry
    • Bishops Green Community Youth Group: Batman
  • Best Community Group Entry
    • Royal British Legion: Heroes of Land, Air and Sea. VE 70 Theme
  • Best Schools Entry
    • John Rankin Schools (Infant and Junior) – John Rankins’ Jolly Roger
  • Best Business
    • Blue Giraffe Home from Home Childcare
  • Most Creative Entry
    • Newbury Twin Town Association with Gardner Leader: King John and Signing of the Magna Carta
  • Overall Winner 2015
    • John Rankin Schools (Infant and Junior) John Rankins’ Jolly Roger

Bishops Green Youth Group and Crowd

Newbury Twin Town Association and Gardner Leader

Bryan Harper, Chairman of Newbury Carnival 2015 said: “What a fantastic year it has been. All of us involved with the organisation of the event are overwhelmed at the turnout. The Carnival Parade entries were fantastic, with record numbers involved on the 54 floats. The Carnival Fete was the biggest one we have ever done with over 120 stalls and attractions. And, once again, the crowds were unbelievable, with people enjoying the parade all along the route in Bartholomew Street, and Northbrook Street up to 10 people deep in places. Once again the people of Newbury have done themselves proud and have provided a wonderful spectacle. Well done to everyone who was involved.”

“Over £10,000 has been raised by the 40 or so charities and good causes that took part in the Fete and the Parade and we would like to thank everyone who came along and put money in buckets and spent money on stalls and helped raise such a good sum.”