This year Newbury Carnival 2017 will be on Sunday 16th July. The Carnival Parade will start at 2pm and the procession will wind through the Town Centre and finish in Park Way. The Carnival Fete will again be in Victoria Park.
Jenny Unthank from Stagecoach Newbury and Marlborough is already planning an entry and said, “We absolutely had a ball last time – my parents loved it as much as the children did! It is lovely to do something that all the children can do at any age and doesn’t cost anything. The atmosphere was amazing and we loved it.”
The Carnival Parade in 2015 had fifty three entries, including the wonderful John the Giant, the amazing Rampage Mas Band, the Harley Davidson Drive Through and the Reading Scottish Pipe Band. A record 10,000 people from the local community watched the parade. A large and very successful Carnival Fete was also held in Victoria Park, and live performances of music and dance were much enjoyed.
Sami Gabriel, Chair of the Newbury Carnival steering group said, “Looking forward to summer, is looking forward to Carnival! I’m so excited to be leading the great team to deliver for Newbury this great spectacular of sights and sounds that will excite and entertain one and all”.
There is no charge to enter the Carnival Parade, and walking and dancing entries are as welcome and as effective as the decorated floats. Prizes will be awarded for the best entries in several categories.