Devizes Carnival

2021 Dates TBC
Entrant registration from TBC
Parade sets off at 5:30pm

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.

We have postponed the Carnival to what we hope is a safe date, this will enable us time to work with you and our local schools to make this Carnival really special and make a come back in 2022. 

Go Wild & Follow the Ark!

Carnival parade map

The theme has been held so lets – ‘Go Wild’ – which we will need to do when we get to Carnival after so much time in isolation!  We hope you’ve used the time indoors well – we expect to see some extra special costumes.

We have an exciting lead float being built by ‘And Now’ who will be creating an Ark, more details to follow.  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.
Why not join in; you’ve plenty of time to get your costumes together.
Please complete an entry form so we know who is going to join the section. 

While you are at home looking forward to the end of this crisis why not put you time to good use and make a costume, 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, or 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 taken advantage of this opportunity please email Jonathan Taylor via his company address:

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 facebook Carnival event page, 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 which 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….

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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