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Town gears up for carnival
THE highlight of Ringwood’s social calendar is just three weeks away, and the town is gearing up to host one of the country’s largest volunteer-organised carnivals.
Carnival day has been held on the third Saturday of September since it began in 1929, and this year the colourful cavalcade will take to the streets on September 21 with thousands of people expected to watch it go by.
The children’s afternoon procession will leave Parkside Estate at 2pm, winding its way around the town, which will be closed to traffic, before returning at 3pm.
The torchlight evening procession will start at 7.15pm and run until 8.30pm.
Scores of decorated floats will parade around the town, and Sampson’s Horses will lead Carnival Queen Scarlett Smith and her attendants Paige L’Anson and Taylor Button.
Stilt walkers, jugglers, buskers and clowns will keep the crowds amused with day-long street entertainment, while on the Bickerley a fun fair will be open all day and the Beached Boys will perform from 8.30pm.
The day will culminate in a grand firework display. Ringwood Carnival Society manages and organises the annual event and proceeds are divided between local charities.
The first carnival in 1929 was held to raise money to buy Carvers Field and support the Royal Victoria and West Hants Hospital.
A carnival spokesman said: “If you think your business can help the carnival continue to flourish by way of either sponsoring a band or banner, or donating some good old hard currency, please get in touch with chairman Howard Cox on 01425 479254.
“Ringwood Carnival enjoys the support of many local and national sponsors. The help and support of our sponsors is invaluable – without their help, Ringwood Carnival would not be the spectacle that it is today.”
It is not too late to organise a walking entry or float. For details contact Ringwood Town Council on 01425 473883.
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