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Club Organiser Tracey and Laura at Edmonton Carnival
Winners Edmonton Carnival 1999

Virtually every major town organises an annual Carnival which parades through the streets and usually ends up in a local park which hosts a Fair.  In the UK the biggest and most popular is Notting Hill Carnival with it's riot of colours and constant music travelling through the streets the participants spend most of the year preparing their costumes and set lists!!

These events cater to whole families and are very open to local bands of all types.  Typically Marching Bands, Brass Bands and Steel Bands are regularly seen, however, local community groups and bands of all ages are becoming more aware of the joint benefits that a carnival can bring.  Not only do the participants help to raise funds for local charity, they also gain free advertising for their group/band and have a great time!!

Whilst playing on the back of a moving lorry may not be your idea of fun, the pace of the carnival is very slow (walking!!) and to see the joy on peoples faces as you blast out your chosen music is worth a few minor bumps!!  To take part in a local carnival or fair approach the organiser (your local council's recreation or parks department will have contact details).

Top Tip - If you are taking part and have arranged for the lorry to meet you at the start point, make sure you and the lorry have at least 1 - 2 hours before the parade leaves in which to decorate the lorry/set up equipment (nails and wire is good xpt make sure it's ok with the lorry owner before nailing in stuff and ALWAYS make sure you remove all trappings, nails etc., and clean up the lorry at the end of the day.)

Newton Carnival
Usually held in July. Free admission, Parish Grounds, Charnwood Cresent, Newton, Derbyshire. Join the community group who work with local villages and organise yearly events. These consist of a Christmas fayre, plant Faye community litter picking, local cinema events and the main reason for the group is the yearly carnival which this year will be held on Saturday 14 July. Visit their site for further details!

Hornsey Carnival
Hornsey Carnival takes place on a Saturday early in July. Make your mark at the Carnival!! Local bands and musicians are invited to join in this years Parade, its free to enter and there are various prizes to be won plus you'll be helping to raise funds for charity. Get some exposure for your band at the same time - make up some flyers & get a mate to pass them out whilst collecting the charity contributions - advertise your gig dates, latest cd or band!

Edmonton Carnival Parade & Fair
This carnival used to be held annually in July, the parade started from the main green next to Victoria Park this travels along the Hertford Road, through Edmonton and ended up the park behind the Cock Tavern. Bouncing bods, local businesses and community groups all turn out in fancy dress to raise funds and have a laugh in the parade!!   This was the first carnival we had entered and were amazed when we won with our 1999 FlowerPower theme - can't even begin to tell you what a lot of noise we made & how much fun we had thanks to Gary and Foxtons who provided the lorry!

Enfield Carnival Parade & Fair
This event used to run annually, starting from Elsinge Green (off Great Cambridge Road) and route travels through Turkey Street, Hertford Road, Green Street and ends up in Durants Park, Enfield. Every year the Carnival Committee raised funds for the Handicapped in the Borough through a variety of events of which this is just one!   The Carnival was great fun, decorating the lorry, selves and anything in site is the order of the day & winners get a large rosette and small trophy to keep plus a Big Trophy to look after for the year.

The Club team were First in our catagory and Overall Winners in 1999 ending up splitting the rest of the day between a great drum demonstration from Rob (Wembley Drums) and jammin' with anyone who wanted to have a bash!!

Acton Carnival
July/August : 1-7pm
Crown Street & Woodlands Park
London W3
The centre of Acton will rock with music, colour and fun as its summer carnival gets underway. It's a time to celebrate the cultures, talents and communities of this corner of west London in all their wide variety. The main stage on Crown Street will be the focus of the day's entertainment. All afternoon, a broad range of performers will strut their stuff for the crowds everything from calypso bands to dance groups from Acton's ethnic communities. Also on Crown Street will be numerous stalls selling all sorts of things plus community groups providing information and advice. Woodlands Park will, as last year, be devoted to food stalls selling a range of cuisines and families, with a large number of children's games and activities being provided.

We welcome all entertainers especially local ones to accompany the processions and perform for our visitors in Crown Street and Woodlands Park. However, with our tiny budget, we can promise only exposure and thanks!

If you want to perform at the carnival, get in touch with the organisers for details.

Although some carnivals and parades are no longer operating, there are still plenty being organised every year around the country. Most welcome local musicians and always need helpers and volunteers, so get in touch with the organisers to find out how to participate in YOUR local carnival!

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