Go wild - people in zebra and lion costumes face-offDevizes Carnival

Saturday July 9th 2022

The parade sets off at 5:30pm | Entrant registration by 1st July

Leaving the Green at 5:30pm, the Devizes Carnival Procession brings the town alive with vibrant walking groups, floats, bands and more with thousands of people lining the streets along our 2km route. Groups can set up on the Green from 4pm.

The theme for Carnival this year is ‘Go Wild’, we imagined all the wild things in the parade celebrating after such a long time without the carnival.
Thinking of the environmental issues we face at the moment, we wondered what would happen if Noah had an Ark now.  If he could take a selection of our carnival entries on board who he would choose and why? Maybe you can help decide?

Why not be part of Carnival? Register Here 

Carnival parade mapGo Wild & Follow the Ark!

Let’s – ‘Go Wild’ and celebrate together –We expect to see some extra special costumes.

We have an exciting hand-pulled lead float being built by ‘And Now’ who will be creating an Ark. We are looking for walking entries to follow the Ark in two’s as is traditional – it can be anything – 2 disco dancers? 2 sumo wrestlers? – it’s up to you.

Make a costume or, if you don’t want to participate in the parade, why not collect materials for schools to use or make some elements that we can incorporate in our costume making.

We would love it if our audience joined in the theme, why not make a mask or headdress to wear while you are watching.

Want to create a float but don’t have a vehicle?

Grist Environmental have offered the use of lorries and drivers for floats, if you are interested in taking advantage of this opportunity please email Jonathan Taylor via  jonathan.taylor@gristenvironmental.com

Artists Ben and Mandy from ‘And Now’ will be building an ‘Ark of Ideas’ to lead the procession and they invite you to help them.
How can you get involved?

Under 12’s drawing
We invite young people under 12 to draw the animals, people or things they think are most precious and would like to see on the Ark.  Send your drawings as a Jpeg to DevizesArkofIdeas@gmail.com by May 30th and Mandy and Ben will choose their favourites and put them on the ark as they build it.  They will favour images that have clear outlines and will translate them into a line-cut style.

Are you good with words?
We invite you to write why you think nature is important and how we can live with it better.
Write a sentence, a short poem or limerick, a wish, or a prayer for nature.  Send it with your name (unless you want to be anonymous) to DevizesArkofIdeas@gmail.com by May 30th

We will share all the submissions on our social media channels.

Escorting the Ark
The ark will also be accompanied by a shoal of fish and a flock of birds.
We invite you to carry one of them throughout the parade.
Ever wondered how fish swim and birds fly without bumping into each other and make those amazing patterns?  Come and find out during a workshop run by Mandy.

Where: The Wyvern Club, 51A Church Walk, Devizes SN10 3AA
When: Friday the 8th of July at 11am – 12:30 and 13:00 – 14:30
Saturday 9th 11am – 12:30

Who is it for?
Anyone of any age if they can carry a long pole safely for at least a couple of hours and can attend one of the workshops.  We have spaces for up to 100 people.  Schools and community groups are welcome.  If you are going to be swimming with the fish you should wear dark clothing without patterns or logos, you will be provided with a tabard to wear on the day and of course your fish. If you will be flying with the birds you should wear as light a colour as possible, plain with no logos. We welcome groups such as dance groups, guides or rangers.
You must be available for the parade on the 9th of July and getting ready at 4:30 and ready to start from the Green.   Wear comfortable shoes, and dress for the weather, bring water to drink on the day. You must be happy to be photographed.

Workshops with Ashley Peevor

Ashley can offer mask making workshops using dried and found flowers, to schools and groups please contact us at production@docadevizes.org to arrange a workshop for your group
These would be more basic masquerade masks for the younger kids or people only wanting to commit a small amount of time. For slightly older kids or people who want to commit a bit more time we will have full face covering masks. Then if there are any participants who really want to push the boat out we will have the chance for they to build onto the full covering mask to make huge elaborate wearable pieces.
For groups who want to work together on a collaborative piece can do something similar to the above or collectively build something out or willow (like you would find at a lantern festival) but instead of covered in paper it could be cover in dried flowers. This creates large light objects that can be easily be carried by the students and would be an impactful large piece than the masks.

Need some inspiration?

Carnival is the culmination of a great deal of hard work on the part of everyone involved to create the spectacle we are treated to each year, why not join in and make it the best yet? Carnival is only as good as the people who are in it.

Look out for our post links to tutorials both here and on our social media pages, if you are on Facebook and you’ve made anything ready for Carnival we’d love to see your pictures.  

Only those who register are eligible to be judged for a prize that is open to the smallest walking entry to the largest float. Judges will be looking for entries that show creativity, innovation and consider the environment in their entries.

Thanks to our Carnival Parade sponsors …

We are very grateful for investment from Arts Council England and Devizes Town Council which allow Carnival to happen and to Devizes Area Board who have supported us to deliver workshops to local schools and community groups.   

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