New route for this year's carnival in Weston-super-Mare
PUBLISHED: 12:04 07 November 2017
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Giant illuminated floats, marching bands, fancy dress walkers and entertainers will take to the streets of Weston-super-Mare for this year's annual carnival.
Friday will see large parts of the town centre shut off for the spectacular event which will see thousands of people line the roads to catch a glimpse of the Somerset phenomenon.
The early part of the procession route has changed slightly this year following the changes to the road layout in Alexandra Parade.
That means the parade will begin as usual from Locking Road car park at 7.15pm, turning right before making its way down Alfred Street, along the Boulevard and onto Weston’s seafront.
Last year saw Gremlins Carnival Club’s Day Of The Dead float dominate the event, winning top prize in Bridgwater, Burnham and Weston.
This year, crowds can expect a wide variety of characters taking to the floats, from robots to aliens, pirates to princesses.
There will also be smaller floats and processions in between the larger entries, including charity collectors which will see people throwing loose change into a float for the many good causes which benefit from the event.
Last year’s collectors raised more than £12,000 for a number of local charities, including the RNLI and Weston Lions Club.
There will be a number of road closures and waiting restrictions in place as Weston gets ready for the carnival.
Francis Fox Way, Locking Road, Regent Street, Alexandra Parade, Alfred Street and South Parade are just a few of the roads which will see restrictions on the night.
Once the roads are closed there will be no vehicle access to the town centre and on-street pay-and-display machines will be turned off, meaning people can only park in the town centre until 4pm.
The carnival, which is officially part of the West Country Guy Fawkes Carnival Circuit, celebrates bonfire night and the gunpowder plot.
It initially started in Bridgwater but was extended to Weston more than 45 years ago.
The organising committee is on the lookout for volunteers. If you would like to help as a marshal, email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are at the carnival this year, then why not snap some photos and upload them to www.iwitness24.co.uk and they could appear in the paper and online.