Carnival team wants Dereham’s parade to be bigger and louder than ever

Last year's winning float from Northgate High School. Picture: Rob Colman

Last year's winning float from Northgate High School. Picture: Rob Colman - Credit: Archant

When you think of a Carnival most people will think of the parade and Dereham's Carnival team want their parade this year to be bigger, louder and better than ever.

Scenes from last year's carnival, in Dereham, which was the first in the town for 20 years. Picture

Scenes from last year's carnival, in Dereham, which was the first in the town for 20 years. Picture: ROB COLMAN - Credit: Archant

Taking place on Sunday, July 16 the Dereham Carnival is shaping up to be another huge success thanks to a small army of volunteers.

Last year over 25 floats snaked through the town centre, from lorries to tricycles, tanks to sports cars.

First Dereham carnival for over 20 years, and the whole town was packed with people enjoying the eve

First Dereham carnival for over 20 years, and the whole town was packed with people enjoying the event. - Credit: Archant


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But this year they want many more people to get involved and are inviting applications for floats from business, organisations, schools and groups.

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Carnival chairman Kerry Doyle said: 'Not only is it an amazing day to be part of but it is great publicity for your business, organisation or good cause with around 10,000 lining the streets watching the parade.'

Dereham Carnival 2016

Dereham Carnival 2016 - Credit: Archant

It is free to enter, you can choose your own theme, and there is a prize of £100 for the best dressed float. Last year it was awarded to Northgate High School for their Under The Sea themed float.

The parade itself will start at 11am with the Recreation Ground opening up to members of the public at about 12pm until 6pm.

Dereham Carnival 2016

Dereham Carnival 2016 - Credit: Archant

Visit www.derehamcarnival.co.uk/parade to fill in your application.

The team is also looking for a float judge to help pick the winning entry and they would love this to be somebody with strong ties to the town.

Biscuit, the Carnival mascot, hitches a ride at last year's carnival. Picture: ROB COLMAN

Biscuit, the Carnival mascot, hitches a ride at last year's carnival. Picture: ROB COLMAN - Credit: Archant

Message the committee via their Facebook page if you would like to nominate somebody, but their permission must be sought beforehand.

Entries are also being taken for the Tug Of War competition on the day.

The current holders are The Railway Tavern who won the engraved shield. But could your club, pub, business or organisation beat them?

Heats will be held during the Carnival Day and the final, to be held in the main arena towards the end of the day, will showcase the strongest and wiliest of the teams.

It is open to over-17s only, with teams of between 6-8 people, and teams must be available for the entire Carnival day. The application form is also available on the Dereham Carnival website.

For more information contact Carnival HQ at 11 Broadway Farm, The Broadway, Scarning, Dereham, NR19 2LQ or telephone 07393 928801.

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