Get thinking caps on for Harborough Carnival floats parade

It’s time to get the creative juices flowing and to start thinking about those wacky, colourful and ingenious ideas for this year’s Harborough Carnival floats parade.

The Harborough Carnival committee has now opened its application process for this year’s parade, which is always one of the centrepieces of the big day.

In recent years the parade has seen a revival, with numbers increasing compared to flagging entries in 2010.

And to give you an idea about the type of ideas which grabbed the judges’ attention, last year’s top entries came from Woodcock Theatre Arts with a Willy Wonka-themed float and Great Bowden Recital Trust with a booming carnival drums motif.

All the floats and their drivers are kindly provided by Market Harborough firm Stephen Sanderson Transport, of the Riverside Industrial Estate.

The company’s fantastic, unwavering support has again been applauded by the event’s organisers.

The carnival is taking place this year on Saturday, June 13.

Lesley Croft, who is co-ordinating the parade this year, said: “We are hoping for an excellent parade as in previous years.”

Anyone wishing to enter, can contact Lesley by calling 01858 445238.

In other carnival news, the committee has had to make the heart-wrenching but pragmatic decision to cancel the Carnival Queen competition for 2015.

This was due to the fact that despite several appeals in the Mail and online, a grand total of zero applications have been received.

Entry numbers have been steadily falling year-on-year for about the last five years, now dwindling to none.

“There is a sense that the current generation is just not showing an interest and maybe it has run its course,” explained carnival committee member Suzanne Leete this week.

However, there will still be a Carnival Court at the head of the parade as several Prince and Princess nominations have been received. See next week’s Mail for more details.