Saturday’s Gloucester Carnival pays tribute to industrial past and diverse community


Tomorrow’s 2018 Gloucester Carnival (Saturday 21 July) will evoke the city’s industrial heritage with the theme ‘World in Motion’. Gloucester famously manufactured and exported vehicles and transport infrastructure around the world. The once great Gloucester Railway Carriage and Wagon Company in particular, has provided inspiration for the Gloucester Carnival Arts Partnership’s costumes and floats.


The Carnival theme also celebrates the movement of people and the cultural diversity of the city, with the All Nations Club paying tribute to Windrush. Spectators can also expect tosee a vibrant procession with a South Asian influence parading through the streets. This year, there are 25 groups with around 400 people taking part in the procession.


The Gloucester Carnival Arts Partnership received funding from Arts Council England that has given Gloucester Carnival artists the opportunity to work with internationally renowned, award-winning carnival experts: Shademakers UK, Mandinga Arts and choreographer Manuela Benini. This funding was matched by investment from Gloucestershire County Council (Adult Education) and Gloucester City Council, enabling 5 local community groups and 2 Gloucester primary schools to benefit from working with professional artists.


The Carnival takes place on Saturday 21 July starting at 3.30pm in Westgate Car Park following a route through the city and finishing at Gloucester Park. To allow the procession to pass through the city, roads will close for roughly an hour and will re-open once it is safe to do so. The roads affected are: Westgate Street, Eastgate Street, the northbound carriageway of Trier Way between Eastgate Street and Park Road and Park Road.


Karen Pearson, festival lead at Gloucester Carnival organisers, Marketing Gloucester, said “Gloucester Carnival once again brings together the various communities of Gloucester to celebrate their significant contribution to the city. There’s been a lot of hard work in preparation for this amongst the Carnival Arts Partnership. I am looking forward to the music, dance and the vibrant costumes and floats.”


Members of the public are invited to cheer on the participants at this free event and celebrate the city’s, heritage, culture and creativity.


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