Getting ready for carnival

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Douglas Council is promising that its carnival will be a big success.

It is due to take place on July 19 and is a revival of an event that last took place in the early 90s. It harks back to the days when the capital was a magnet for mass tourism.

According to a press release from the council, garages and workshops around the island are ‘humming to the sound of hammering and drilling as floats are being prepared while spare rooms and front rooms are filling up with fabulous feathers and sequins as the finishing touches are being put to costumes’.

Events start at 2pm with dancing, gymnastic displays, charity stalls and music on Loch Promenade. At 6.30pm the carnival begins with a grand procession from Strathallan to the Sea Terminal.

There will be floats, bands, classic cars and bikes, a Carnival king and queen, and music.

The after party will take place at the Bottleneck car park area.

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