(images credit: Long Eaton Carnival)
Carnival festivities are set to take over Long Eaton this month, when the town’s historic spectacle returns to bring colour to the local high street – with this year’s theme celebrating comics and cartoons.
Hundreds of people are expected to line the streets for the traditional carnival parade on Saturday 22nd June as the floats, procession vehicles and participants on foot all enter into the carnival spirit.
The event is organised by members of the Long Eaton Community Carnival Association.
They successfully applied for a grant of just over £1,000 from Erewash Borough Council to help stage the event, and the money was presented as part of the council’s Community Grant Scheme.
Cllr Gerri Hickton, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for community engagement, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support the carnival again through our Community Grants Scheme.
“It is thanks to the small grants we award throughout the year that community groups and organisations of all kinds are helped with their important work.”
This year the parade will set off from West Park at 11am, arriving back at the West Park carnival showground at 1pm.
The carnival show features entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening, with stalls, displays, refreshments and a live music marquee.
Cllr Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s lead member for culture and leisure, added: “It’s hat off to the volunteers who work hard to ensure that this free event, which dates back to the 1930s, is staged for the enjoyment of people of all ages.
“We hope for sunshine – but whatever the weather, we know that everyone will have a great time.”
The traditional Armstrong’s funfair will add to the excitement throughout the weekend, while on Sunday morning (23rd June) the Carnival car boot sale takes places from 7am.
More details of the 2019 Long Eaton Carnival can be found at www.longeatoncarnival.org.uk.
Roads on the parade route – Wilsthorpe Road, Tamworth Road, Market Place and Derby Road – will be closed for the parade between 11am and 1.30pm, although junctions will be re-opened on a rolling basis once the parade has passed.