Carnival day ready to draw out the crowds

Kenilworth Carnival
Kenilworth Carnival

Excited families are getting ready to dress up and take to their fundraising floats as the 82nd Kenilworth Carnival day draws closer.

The traditional celebration will see the chosen carnival king and queen parade through the town and stalls, games and entertainment in Abbey Fields.

The long-standing town event has previously seen acts including Irish and exotic dancing, marching bands and street dance, martial arts displays, dog training and even an equestrian display.

And organisers promise that this year will be no different as they get ready for the big show on Saturday July 5.

Committee member Paul Riley said plans for the big day are going “exceptionally well” with 18 floats ready to roll out, and fundraisers ready to support town charities.

“This is set to be another really good day, and we always do really well with support from around town,” he said.

“It is just a great event each summer for the people of Kenilworth and our charities.

“We do what we can for everyone and if a group wants help we will help them.”

Judging of the floats and groups will start from 11am in the castle car park, with the procession coming through town at 1pm led by the mayor and carnival attendees .

Accompanied by bands, the parade will travel through the town before finishing up at Abbey Fields to continue the 60-year-old tradition of a family funfair and stalls.

The afternoon may finish with a tug-of-war and will ends with the raffle prize draw once the procession returns.

This year’s top prize is £1,000 of jewellery vouchers and tickets will be on sale on Sunday outside Sainsbury’s.

The carnival procession will go along Castle Road to High Street, Bridge Street, Rosemary Hill, Priory Road, Waverley Road, Warwick Road, St John Street, Roseland Avenue, St Nicholas Avenue, Randall Road, Warwick Road, The Square, Smalley Place, Abbey End and Forrest Road.

Events will run through the day on July 5 at Abbey Fields.