Douglas Carnival is to take place this Saturday.
The capital’s seafront will be a colourful, fun-filled spectacle with the first 21st century Douglas Carnival ready to deliver floats, flowers and frolics plus a whole lot more.
Douglas Council leader David Christian said: ‘Reviving Douglas Carnival has been a marathon task but from day one we’ve been encouraged by the overwhelming enthusiasm on the part of everyone involved for the carnival to succeed.
‘This is the ultimate community event for the whole island so I would urge everyone, not just people in Douglas, to support the carnival and come along and join in what will be a fantastic event for all the family.’
At 2pm the Loch Promenade fun day with stalls, games and entertainment opens. There will be plenty to keep children entertained from bouncy castles, bungee trampolines, coconut shy, hook a duck, hoopla to an inflatable slide and assault course.
There will be plenty of food and drink stalls serving treats such as crepes, waffles, hotdogs, Caribbean and American cuisine as well as ice creams, mini donuts, popcorn and more.
There will be live music from 1.30pm to 6.30pm at the Bottleneck car park from Soundcheck bands. The car park will be the location later in the evening for the carnival’s After Party.
But during the day there will be two dedicated performance areas in Loch Promenade. The first will feature the Bailey Murray Academy of Irish Dance (2.30pm), Christine Wild Theatre School (3pm) and Onchan Entertainers (3.30pm), Louisa Roach, who delivers folk and soul, lyrical stories (4pm).
The second performance area includes IoM School of Fencing Demonstration (2pm), Roc Vannin choir (3pm), Ellan Vannin Gymnastics display (4pm) and the fancy dress competition judging (5pm).
The entertainment becomes messy in the evening with a Colour Me Rainbow fun run in aid of Hospice Isle of Man, starting at 6.30pm.
Participants each get given a white T-shirt and will walk/run the promenades from the Summerland site to the Sea Terminal and will be covered in colourful powdered paint – and afterwards in Loch Promenade they can take part in a ‘colour party’. (Participants are provided with sun glasses to protect their eyes from the glare.)
People can still sign up to take part, in this Hospice organised event, but are asked to inform Hospice, phone Mary Doyle on 490819. Entry forms can be downloaded from the Hospice website, www.hospice.org.im
The event is open for anyone from the age of 11 upwards and costs £20 per person to enter. There is also a corporate rate of £50 for a team of three people.
There will also be a Wheelie Bin Drag Race, starting at 6.35pm, which will headline the carnival cavalcade.
A total of 20 240-litre domestic wheelie bins provided by Douglas Council will each be manned by teams of three people, who have been asked to customise their race outfits and bins and transform them into ‘Formula 1 fabulousness’.
When the Ben My Chree’s horn sounds at 6.40pm it signals the start of the cavalcade, taking place from the Strathallan Crescent area and finishing in Loch Promenade near to the bottom of Victoria Street.
Floats and walkers will be taking part in the procession and should make for a super sight for onlookers. Charities, clubs, businesses and Douglas Council are among those taking part.
Thomas Kinrade, who graduated from Ballakermeen High School this year and Ciara Sullivan, who has just completed her A levels at Ballakermeen, both aged 19, are the carnival king and queen. They were nominated by their peers on the basis of the contribution they have made to their school and the community in the last year and chosen by Mayor Stanley Cain, Douglas leader David Christian and Councillor Stephen Pitts.
Following on from the day’s events the After Party will take place from 7.30pm at the Bottleneck car park with live music
There will be a licensed beer tent at the car park – and proof of age will be needed to gain access; under-18s will be permitted, but cannot buy or drink alcohol.
• From midday on Saturday there will be free parking at Shaw’s Brow car park. On carnival day motorists are advised not to park their vehicles on the promenade and to be aware of road closures.