Barnstaple ready for big carnival day

Barnstaple carnival queen Lauren Adams (centre) is pictured with carnival princesses, Errin Fee (lef

Barnstaple carnival queen Lauren Adams (centre) is pictured with carnival princesses, Errin Fee (left) and Holly Griffin. - Credit: Archant

Plans in place for a day of fun and fund-raising.

BARNSTAPLE is the place to be this Saturday, with colourful floats and costumed characters set to give the town a real carnival atmosphere.

The main procession sets off along the Strand from the Civic Centre at 6pm. The parade will go past the Square, and along Belle Meadow, Queen Street and Boutport Street in a circular route.

It will be followed by fireworks at 8.15pm.

Before then, there will be Irish dancing on the Strand at 2.15pm; the judging of the children’s carnival at 2.45pm; followed by the children’s carnival itself at 3.30pm.


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Majorette judging takes place outside the Heritage Centre at 4.45pm, with the crowning of carnival queen Lauren Adams at 5.30pm.

Meanwhile in the Square, there will be live music from 1pm featuring Petroc students from The Factory; Sam Mayo; and bands Loney and iFunk.

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Road closures on the Longbridge will be in place from 6-9pm.

Carnival chairman Andy Shiner said there were currently 12 floats and 12 walking entries registered but more were expected to enter before the day.

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