Countdown begins to Harborough carnival

Great Bowden Recital Trust won second prize in the adults' section of the Harborough Carnival float parade last year
Great Bowden Recital Trust won second prize in the adults' section of the Harborough Carnival float parade last year

The countdown is on for one of the biggest events in Market Harborough’s calender.

The annual Harborough Carnival event is taking place on Saturday, June 14.

The carnival committee is urging people to get their entries in for the carnival float parade as it gives the organisers, Harborough Lions Club, and float providers.

Stephen Sanderson Transport, enough time to allocate flat-bed trailers for the day.

There are a limited number of floats so urgency is needed.

The event starts from Burnmill Road at midday and snakes through town before ending in St Mary’s Road.

Community groups, charities and other local good causes can also help raise their profile and much-needed funds by taking a stall on the carnival showground.

The showground gates on Symington’s Recreation Ground, off St Mary’s Road, open at 1pm.

Entertainers such as bands, singers, jugglers, dancers and demonstrators are also being given the chance to showcase their skills on the showground.

The showground regularly attracts about 6,000 people so it acts as a great shop window for groups wanting to raise awareness.

All the useful contact details for the parade, stalls and entertainment can be found in the panel at the end of this article.

And today (Thursday) we can reveal this year’s winner of the Carnival Princess competition.

In a closely-fought vote which went down to the wire, 10-year-old Chloe White tallied the most number of ballots out of the four girls shortlisted.

Princess Chloe, of Market Harborough, completes the line-up for the 2014 Carnival Court following last month’s competition to find a Carnival Queen.

The Queen contest at The Angel Hotel on April 29 was won by 17-year-old Amber Morris, of Clipston, with Sophie Miles (14) and Ellis Anderson (15) named as her maids-of-honour.

Amber is a member of the Harborough-based Parsnips Youth Theatre group and is a pupil at Silverstone University Technology College.

The Carnival Court rides at the head of the parade in the floral-covered lead float.

Princess Chloe also won £15 in Waterstones vouchers.

Flowers for the Carnival Court’s float are kindly being provided by No 10 the florists of Church Street, Harborough, and the girls’ hair and make-up for the day will all be done by Wainwrights, of Bennetts Place courtyard off High Street, Harborough.

For the first time this year, the event also now has its own Facebook page which can be found by searching for ‘Market Harborough Carnival’ on Facebook.