06 September 2017
FROME GEARS UP FOR CARNIVAL
Frome’s annual carnival takes place on Saturday September 23rd – featuring the children’s carnival at 2.30pm and the evening procession at 7pm.
The carnival committee are incredibly pleased to see that a number of new entries have booked a place in the evening carnival. The carnival procession secretary, Kevin Sivell explained that this year’s carnival will begin with a procession of vintage vehicles. The automobiles will be driving the route, adding an exciting new dimension to the carnival. The cars will start slightly ahead of the carnival at 6.45pm. The main procession will feature a range of different entries, including: the new carnival ambassadors, floats, bands, majorettes and walking entries.
Kevin commented that there is still time for individuals and groups to enter the carnival: “we always welcome late entries and people turning up on the day. Anyone wanting to enter the children’s carnival will need to have registered at Victoria Park by 1.45pm, to allow judging to start at 2pm. Late entries for the evening carnival are accepted up to 5pm on the day”.
The carnival raises money for the carnival charity which helps individuals, groups and good causes in the local area. In order to raise as much money as possible in donations, the carnival requires a team of dedicated collectors. There are prizes for the best dressed collector and the best group of collectors. Collectors are welcome to ‘just turn up’ but more information can be found on the carnival Facebook page.
The carnival committee have also confirmed that this year they are trying a new and exciting initiative: selling light up toys for children. Committee member Emily Denne explained “each year a number of people sell light up toys and balloons at the carnival, but many people don’t realise that this money does not go to the carnival. This year the Somerset Carnivals have all agreed to sell their own items”. Official sellers will be wearing a purple and yellow high-vis vest, with ‘Frome Carnival Volunteer’ written on the back (as shown in the photo). Emily continued “we would urge the local community to get behind this initiative and buy from our sellers. We are also aiming to sell our pieces at a lower cost than the other peddlers, with our toys ranging from £1 to £4 per item”.
Written By Emily Denne