Carnival’s character theme
Carnival festivities take over Long Eaton this month when the town’s historic event once more brings colour to the town, with this year’s theme celebrating comics and cartoons.
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets for the traditional carnival parade on Saturday 22 June as the floats, procession vehicles and walking parties all enter into the theme by dressing up as their favourite characters.
The carnival is organised by members of the Long Eaton Community Carnival Association, who again successfully applied for a grant of £1,024 from Erewash Borough Council to help stage the event. The money was presented as part of the council’s community grant scheme.
Councillor Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Community Engagement, says:
“We are delighted to have been able to support the carnival again through our Community Grants Scheme. It is thanks to the small grants we award throughout the year that community groups and organisations of all kinds are helped with their important work.”
This year sees the parade through the town set off from West Park at 11am, arriving back at the West Park carnival showground at 1pm. The carnival show features entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening, with stalls, displays, refreshments and a live music marquee.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, says:
“It’s hat off to the volunteers who work hard to ensure that this free event, which dates back to the 1930s, is staged for the enjoyment of people of all ages. We hope for sunshine – but whatever the weather, we know that everyone will have a great time.”
The weekend-long traditional Armstrong’s funfair will add to the excitement, while on Sunday morning (23rd) the Carnival Car Boot sale takes places from 7am.
More details of the 2019 Long Eaton Carnival can be found at www.longeatoncarnival.org.uk or Facebook/LongEatonCarnival.
Roads on the parade route – Wilsthorpe Road, Tamworth Road, Market Place and Derby Road - will be closed for the parade between 11am and 1.30pm, although junctions will be re-opened on a rolling basis once the parade passes.