With the 2015 Colchester Carnival now just over a week away, Emma Harisson from the hard working Carnival Team previews this year’s event.
The Carnival is coming to Colchester this July, bringing a unique brand of fiesta spirit to our Town Centre streets! Saturday the 18th will see the more vibrant side of the Colchester community come alive, with everyone invited to get involved and celebrate summer!
In its fifth year of being run by Colchester Ladies Circle and Colchester Round Table the event is a fantastic community occasion and has raised over £27,500 in the last four years for local good causes.
Weston Homes Plc has been the main sponsor for Colchester Carnival for the last four years. The event is run entirely for the benefit of the local community and all profits go back to good causes in the Colchester area. The generosity of Weston Homes has meant that many of the costs involved in putting on Carnival have been covered, ensuring more money goes to support good causes.
The Carnival has been a huge success over the years. Last year Colchester Carnival was attended by over 12,000 people, the procession had over 60 entries and 1,200 performers. Lower and Upper Castle Park had more than 100 trade stalls with bands, dance and theatrical groups performing throughout the day.
This time around Colchester Carnivals theme is ‘Heroes and Villains’, with people from across the town invited to join in.
The Carnival itself is split between a Family Fun Day in the Castle Park and a Procession that runs from one end of the town through to the other. The Castle Park events start at 11am and finish at 8pm and will include local bands, choirs and dance groups performing in the Arena, kid’s rides, trade stalls, food outlets and a beer tent.
The Procession will begin earlier this year 1pm to give spectators the opportunity to visit the Park after the Procession. It starts from Abbey Fields, travels up Butt Road, down the High Street and end at Castle Park.
The whole event is looking to be one that brings our community together, a day where we can all enjoy some Carnival spirit and hopefully some sunshine! So head on down, cheer the floats, try the rides and enjoy the bands.
You can find out more about this year’s Carnival on the official Colchester Carnival website.