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Call to support new carnival

The carnival in days gone by: crowds line Douglas seafront for the 1964 carnival

The carnival in days gone by: crowds line Douglas seafront for the 1964 carnival

Douglas Council is hoping as many members of the public as possible will get behind the newly resurrected Douglas Carnival set to take place in July.

The carnival was a huge attraction particularly during the booming tourism periods in the 1950s and 60s with numerous charities, leisure organisations and businesses taking part and supplying decorated floats for the parade along Douglas seafront.

Now the council wants people to come forward and get involved in the new venture, which is on Saturday July 19. Groups can take part in the parade free of charge and there are to be prizes awarded for the best float, best walking group, best band, and for various other categories too.

Councillor Stephen Pitts, chairman of the council’s Regeneration and Community Advisory Committee said the council was to promote the event with advertisements, and sponsorship packages were being sent out to various businesses.

So far, entry forms have gone to clubs and organsiations and are also available online.

The parade is to be followed by an after-event party on North Quay. Plans include erecting a stage in front of the former power station and organisers hope to engage a carnival drummers’ group called Spark to put on a show. A variety of street performers will also be on hand to impress the crowds.

Among the other suggestions put forward for the day were a sandcastle building competition on the beach and possibly even a pram race.

 

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