ORGANISERS of Leamington Carnival are urging townspeople to help ensure this summer’s event is one to remember.
The carnival will take place on Saturday July 14 and a new route for the parade of floats is being planned together with an earlier start.
Steph Manning, of the organising committee, said: ‘We want 2018, to be the biggest carnival Leamington has seen.
“Our aim is to have around 20 floats, all we need is local organisations to get involved. It’s free to have a float. We provide a lorry and driver for each entry. All they need to do is decorate it.
“This year, the best dressed float will also win £200. Business can also get involved by having a stall in the Pump Room Gardens, or even sponsor the event.’
“This event totally relies on the support of the town, without the involvement and funding, this event would simply wouldn’t exist. Any help and support is highly apprecaited.”
Jamie Walker, also on the organising committee, said changes to the route were needed this year.
He explained: “The route is a vital part of making this carnival as popular as it is. Thousands gather yearly on Beauchamp Avenue, The Parade and Dormer Place, but over the last few years, footfall drops dramatically, and on some streets not even anyone watches, once the parade crosses over the river into Old Town.
“For that reason, we have decided to start slightly further out of town, and work our way in, this means we will cut out the last part of the route via Old Town. We have also decided to start the parade slightly earlier. The parade will leave Campion Hills at noon, and is expected to finish at Dormer Place around 1pm.”
The parade is excepted to start at Campion Hills, before heading down Leicester Street onto Clarendon Avenue, and then down the Parade to Dormer Place.
Leamington Carnival – which can trace its history back over a century – was revived in 2014 after an 18 year absence.
Visit www.leamingtoncarnival.org.uk to get involved and for further details.