Saturday 2nd September 2017


Enter the Carnival as a group or individual, as a walking group or on a float.

IMPORTANT All applicants please read and undertstand the Applicant's Details. If you are planning to enter a vehicle-based carnival float, please make sure your vehicle complies with the safety regulations at the end of the document.


Leaving The Green at 18.00 Devizes Carnival Procession brings the town alive with vibrant walking groups and thousands of people lining the streets. It is the culmination of masses of hard work on the part of the participants and a real spectacle.


This year, awards will be provided to applicants who show creativity and innovation in their floats:


'Best Costume' - given to an individual who displays creative flair and imagination in the design of their costume.  

'Most innovative' - given to an applicant (group or individual) who shows innovation in the concept, design or making of their float


'Best in Category'. - given to best overall entrant in their category

How To Enter Carnival

Enter the Carnival as a group or individual, as a walking group or on a float.

IMPORTANT If you are planning to enter a carnival float please read and adhere to these Driver's Regulations


We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Carnival! Please click here to apply

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There can be no doubt about it, Devizes Carnival must increase in fame. We have all been telling one another what strangers have said to us about it. "Never seen anything like it in any town, small or big", said one man who travels up and down the country. "How do you people do it?" asked another, adding that in his town, a place of 30,000 people, the inhabitants could as easily teach donkeys to whistle as themselves band together in a common cause and organise a public Carnival on such a scale of magnificence.

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Grist Award

Don't forget this year will see the introduction of the 'Grist Green Prize'

The prize will be a ticket to one of Grist’s partner festivals or events to be announced next year, keep your eye on our website and social media for details. Grist will be happy to help you with materials should you need them, as the major recycling centre for the area they have plenty at their disposal.  All that they ask is that you make an appointment to collect materials and provide your own transport on the day of collection.

There will be a range of criteria that your entry will be assessed on to compete for this prize;

These will include;

·         How green is your wagon – obviously if you are not using a combustible fuel you will score highly here, so on foot or peddle powered entries will have the edge.  You could also score points if you can prove you are using green bio fuel to power you entry.

 ·         ReUsed and Recycled – if your entry is made predominantly of re-used or recycled materials you’ll be ticking another important box, take lots of photographs of your construction so judges can see how you’ve incorporated recycled materials  in your creations, and keep a record of what you’ve used.

 ·         Generating natural energy – perhaps you could go one step further with your energy consumption and generate some! Perhaps your sounds are solar powered or your lights run off a dynamo – marks for inventive ideas.

·         After the Party – what will you do with your float and costumes, tell us your plans, you might gain a bit of headway if there’s some recycling involved.