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Everything you need to know about Bideford Carnival

PUBLISHED: 08:00 09 September 2017

Bideford Carnival 2016. Picture: Sarah Howells

Bideford Carnival 2016. Picture: Sarah Howells

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Bideford Carnival and Massed Pipes and Drums takes place today (Saturday) - so here’s everything you need to plan your day.

It’s carnival day in Bideford today (Saturday) - and if you’re looking to join the celebrations, here’s our guide to the timings of the day.

Entrants can submit forms right up until the carnival itself, so if you’ve decided last-minute you want to join in, pick up a form from Radfords or Morrisons.

This year’s theme is countries, but anyone can enter with any idea.

Floats will gather along The Pill, with walkers in Victoria Park, ready for judging.

Bideford Carnival 2016. Picture: Tony HowellsBideford Carnival 2016. Picture: Tony Howells

Carnival queen Kirra Rowcliffe, 11, will be crowned by the mayor before the carnival procession, on the Bideford Reds balcony.

Road closures will be in place from 5.30pm, with the carnival procession leaving at 6pm.

The parade, led by Bideford Town Band, will leave the Pill car park at 6pm and then travel via the Quay, Bridgeland Street, North Road to Lime Grove and Belvoir Road, before heading back into the town along Abbotsham Road, down the High Street and back along the Quay.

If you wish to see the pipe bands in the carnivall, make sure you watch in the lower part of the town (Bridgeland St, High St and the Quay).

Bideford Massed Pipes and Drums. Picture: Rob WylesBideford Massed Pipes and Drums. Picture: Rob Wyles

They will not be marching around the top of the route, but saving their energy for the Massed Pipes and Drums after the carnival.

The Massed Pipes and Drums will take place after the procession ends, with more than 140 pipiers and drummers on the Quay.

This year’s performance will have something very special, as they will be joined by singer Tamsin Ball, who will be singing along with the bands.

There will also be a funfair and fireworks will finish off the evening at 9.30pm.

Make sure you give our photographers a wave and check back for photos from the event.

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