Enter a float in the big Carnival parade
WITH just over five weeks to go until Harborough Carnival, it’s time to start coming up with ideas for float designs for the parade.
The Carnival this year is on Saturday, June 9.
The colourful parade of floats through the town centre kicks off the festivities and is one of the highlights of the day.
Stephen Sanderson Transport is once again kindly donating vehicles and drivers for the parade free of charge.
All people need to do is dress them up for the day – and have fun.
Each entrant must also nominate two marshals to walk along each side of the float during the parade, to monitor the safety of those on board and to collect charitable donations from the crowds.
You do not need to be part of an official group, organisation or business to enter – groups of friends and neighbours have got together in the past.
Participants usually come up with a wide range of weird and wonderful designs, inspired by cartoons, characters from Harborough’s history or the latest summer blockbuster.
There are prizes on offer for the best floats.
Official entry forms have been sent out this week to those who have entered floats before or expressed an interest.
If you have not received an entry form and would like one, phone John Bush on 01858 432325.
The floats gather on Burnmill Road on the day and are judged between 11.15am and 11.45pm before setting off around town at midday.
The parade moves through High Street, Coventry Road, Farndon Road and Welland Park Road before heading along St Mary’s Road and finishing outside the entrance to the showground, in Symington’s Rec.
It is led by a float containing the Carnival Queen, who last month was named as 15-year-old Katy Darby, of Middleton Road, Harborough.
She will be joined on the royal float by her Maid of Honour Ellis Anderson (12), of Meadow Street, Prince Doddie Turner (7), of Willow Crescent, and Princess Hannah Wilson (10) of Skippon Close.
Jewellers Halo, photographer Paul Ferraby, Sophie Williamson of Wainwright’s Hair Company and Waterstone’s book shop all donated prizes to the competition to find the carnival court, while the Angel Hotel provided its facilities for the Carnival Queen selection night.
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