Weston carnival back in town

WESTON S annual carnival extravaganza will roll back into town later this month. Weston Carnival, dubbed the biggest of its kind in the world, will feature 125 entries this year including 100ft long giant floats almost 20ft high. Each will have colour

WESTON'S annual carnival extravaganza will roll back into town later this month.

Weston Carnival, dubbed the biggest of its kind in the world, will feature 125 entries this year including 100ft long giant floats almost 20ft high.

Each will have colourful moving parts and performers dancing away amid throngs of artistic props, fantastic lights and sounds.

More than 100,000 people are expected to turn up to this year's spectacular.


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The evening's entertainment kicks off at 7.15pm with bands followed by the main procession at 7.30pm on November 19.

The procession route will follow the same as previous years starting at the Tesco roundabout, past the Odeon cinema and back along the Alexandra Parade, Alfred Street, Boulevard and Waterloo Street.

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South Parade will be used as a rest area for the floats and their performers before they continue their way on to Royal Parade, Beach Road and Carlton Street where the procession will end.

The floats will line up at Locking Road car park, which will be closed to the public, before winding their way through Weston's streets.

The central car parks will not be available after 6pm following the road closures. Spectators wishing to park in Carlton Street, NCP or Town Hall car parks are advised to arrive before 6pm. No cars will be allowed to park on the road alongside the route.

Organisers are warning the public to be wary of people posing as collectors who maybe lining their own pockets.

All official collectors will have a yellow sash and a tin or a bucket labelled Weston Carnival.

Street vendors will also be out in force, but those who have contributed to the carnival will be wearing yellow armbands.

Viewers who may want a little more comfort can book a place in a grandstand on the seafront near the tourist information centre. Seats are available on 0116 2692 117.

The organisers of the event all give their time freely so spectators are asked to give generously.

As always, volunteers are needed as marshals to line the route, tale part or collect money. Anyone who can help should phone the carnival line on 01934 629888.

*TO read about the goings on of illuminated carnivals around the South West log on to www.thewestonmercury.co.uk and take a look at the blog Carnival Capers.

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