This weekend, a fabulous procession led by a beautiful “unicorn” and magnificent dragon will parade through the city centre for the 83rd Gloucester Carnival. This year celebrates the creativity of the people of Gloucester with floats and costumes based on the theme ‘Myths and Legends’.
In previous years, Gloucester Carnival has proved very popular and is sure to be another great summer’s day out for the family. The ‘World In Motion’ theme for last year’s event saw the diverse Gloucester community come together to produce a vibrant display for spectators with floats, dancers and music filling the streets and illuminating the city centre.
The free procession leaves Westgate Street Car Park at 3:30pm and makes its way down Westgate Street, on to Eastgate Street and down to Trier Way. The procession then turns left on to Park Road before finishing in Gloucester Park, where the crowds can enjoy music and dance performances as well as Wilson’s Fun Fair.
Festivals & Projects Director Karen Pearson at Marketing Gloucester comments: “This year’s carnival is going to be bigger and better than ever. Expect to see dragons, unicorns and other amazing creations on the day’. The ‘Myths and Legends’ theme has inspired an explosion of creativity, with the people of Gloucester wearing wonderful, wacky outfits.”
Councillor Steve Morgan, Cabinet member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at Gloucester City Council, said: ”Please come out to line the route and support your neighbours and friends (some young and not so young!) who have made a great effort to entertain you, whilst having fun themselves. Give everyone a big wave and an even bigger smile, and help make this a very special day in the centre of Gloucester.”
Gloucester Carnival is organised by the Carnival Arts Partnership, a collaboration between Marketing Gloucester, Global Arts, Artshape, Hindu Cultural Association, Your Next Move and Gloucester Culture Trust. Gloucester Carnival is supported with funding from the Arts Council England and Gloucester City Council.
The Carnival starts at 3.30pm from Westgate Street Carpark and will make its way to Gloucester Park over the course of an hour. Road closures will be in place at Lower Quay Street, Westgate Street, Eastgate Street, Northbound Lane of Trier Way and Park Road from 3.30pm till 5.30pm.
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