THOUSANDS of people attended Bromsgrove Carnival over the weekend, enjoying a three-day extravaganza with plenty to do for all ages.
The biggest highlight of the event was the return of a thriving parade on the Saturday, which saw 160 people take part from local groups, charities, organisations and businesses. The procession, with its Rio theme ahead of this year’s Olympic Games, really got the party started in style.
Bromsgrove Carnival chairman Ian Perrygrove praised Natalie Holland who volunteered to take on the running of the parade and did a fantastic job in encouraging the numbers to take part.
“We were very happy with the parade which, if we’re going to be honest, was under threat a few years ago as we could not get enough people to take part.
“But this year it returned, bigger and better, and there is now even talk that in the future we may be able to have lorry floats returning.”
The event began on Friday night with the return of the popular outdoor cinema at Sanders Park which saw a screening of Dirty Dancing.
“We had more than 400 people come along to that and by the end they were up, singing and dancing along to the songs from the film.”
As well as the procession on the Saturday, there were more than 40 stalls and a full programme of live entertainment, along with Wilson’s funfair at the arena in Sanders Park.
And on the Sunday in the park there was also a variety of stalls and more fun at the fair with Wilson’s.
The Bromsgrove Carnival organisers are always looking for more volunteers to help run the three-day event.
E-mail Ian Perrygrove at email@example.com or call him on 07739 577209.
For more on the carnival, visit bromsgrovecarnival.org or search for ‘Bromsgrove Carnival’ on Facebook.