Monmouth Carnival 2016 was launched from Monnow Bridge, with flags fluttering in the brilliant sunshine. Curious passers by were given balloons, while members of the Carnival Group answered all their questions:
When is this year’s Carnival?
The parade starts at 2pm on Sunday 24th July, the first weekend of Monmouth Festival. From 10am there will be a giant puppet making workshop in the Priory. From 1pm, as the crowds gather, Monmouth Band will be playing in Agincourt Square.
Meet for final preparations in St Mary’s churchyard. All vehicles line up in Priory Street to join the noisy cavalcade down Monnow Street, finishing at Blestium St . Prizes will be presented from the Festival stage.
Whether you and your friends organise a float, drive a vintage car, decorate your van, scooter (mobility or otherwise) skateboard or bike, you will be very welcome. Monmouth Carnival has become famous for the fantastic creativity of its walking entries. Not only is it free to enter, but you might win a prize or a trophy. £100 top prize.
How do I enter?
Entry forms are available on line MonmouthCarnival.uk or on paper from Car Care, Monnow St.
Will it be sunny on 24th July?
Don’t miss the chance to win a bottle of champagne at the Priory Coffee shop this Saturday 22nd May, 10am till noon.
As well as raising much needed funds, registration forms will be available. You can also hand in your nomination for someone who deserves to be crowned “Spirit of Monmouth” and why (In one sentence). The winner will be driven in the parade down Monnow Street in a classic red sports car.
The only other criterion is that they must be between 7 and 107.