THOUSANDS are expected to line the streets of Evesham town centre for the town’s annual carnival.
Organisers hope the Rio-themed extravaganza next Saturday (June 25) will be the biggest the town has ever seen and bring visitors flocking into Evesham.
Colourful groups including decorated floats and town dignitaries will be led by a pipe band and make up a huge procession involving people and businesses from the area.
The procession will kick off at 2pm and leave Crown Meadow, across the new Abbey Bridge and viaduct, along Waterside, across Workman Bridge, into Mill Street, up Swan Lane, into the High Street and down Abbey Road before returning to Crown Meadow.
And with summer finally threatening to make an appearance, Evesham is expected to be busier than ever as crowds gather to watch the celebrations.
After the procession, the fun will continue in Crown Meadow with a host of exciting and entertaining activities for young and old to enjoy.
Bucket collections will be taking place during the procession with all funds collected going towards local charities and good causes.
One of the organisers, Glen Lyon, said: “Evesham Carnival is hosted by the Vale of Evesham Round Table in conjunction with a committee of local volunteers who work together to bring you this event.”
“The main aim of the carnival is to bring together the people of Evesham and the surrounding area, to have a community event we can all be proud of and in doing so we can raise some money for local charities and good causes,” he added.
Another feature of the day will be the popular Vale Local Food Festival organised by Transition Evesham Vale.
The festival full food, ales and ciders from local producers will be held on Crown Meadow from 11am to 6pm and music will continue on 11pm.
Visit www.eveshamcarnival.uk for all the latest news on this year’s carnival.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
9.30am – Crown Meadow open for float /stall setting up
11am – Crown Meadow and Food Festival open to public
12.45pm – Floats ready for judging
1pm – Judging of Best Floats by VIP guests
1.45pm – Awards for Best Floats
2pm – Carnival Procession starts out of Crown Meadow
Entertainment on Crown Meadow Stage
2.30pm – Magic Steve
3pm – Cristobal and Zumba
4.15pm – James Locke and the Hatherley Dance Centre
5.45pm – Bretforton Silver Band
7.15pm – Pleasuredome
9pm – The entertainment moves over to the Food Festival Bar
All timings approximate and subject to change