As details are released about the participants in this year’s Gloucester Carnival and the line-up for Music in the Park it looks like it’s shaping up to be a great event for the whole family.
Taking place this Saturday 25th July the events kick off with the Carnival procession which starts from Lower Westgate Street at 3.30pm proceeds along Eastgate Street, Lower Eastgate Street and then into Gloucester Park.
This year has seen a resurgence in interest in participating in the carnival which has the theme “World in Union”. Some of the highlights will include a greater number of musicians taking part in the event, a horse drawn carriage conveying the Carnival Prince and Princess and a float designed by a local artists collective. The involvement of more musicians has partly been made possible by the support of local firm Keyway which has donated the use of its vehicles free of charge. One highlight is that Scrumpty has promised that he will join in, exactly one week before his own trail starts.
The fun doesn’t stop however when the Carnival reaches Gloucester Park, because in addition to the Wilson Funfair, there will be a music stage featuring local and national bands including headliners King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys, King Solomon, Solid Gone, Awfully Nice and others. The bands will be playing from 2.00 pm until 10.00 pm
Organisers Marketing Gloucester who are delivering the summer events on behalf of Gloucester City Council have stated that they believe that the Gloucester Carnival is a key event in the cultural calendar of the city. Karen Pearson, event manager commented: “We are looking to develop the Carnival in a way that is relevant to today’s Gloucester but will still appeal to those who have grown up with it. We would love the event to become one which draws in visitors not just from our city but also from wider afield whilst still being tightly engaged with the local community”
Councillor Lise Noakes, cabinet member for culture and leisure said: “Carnival is a super tradition and it is important that we continue to support those groups that want to be involved and try to increase the number of these as being involved is great fun and a good example of how culture can be at the heart of the city for all”