On Saturday 19 June 2021, if we are permitted, everyone is invited to come to the town centre and join Carnival Day! From 11am a host of entertainment and activities will be available along Parkway and Howardsgate with some surprise events and appearances planned until late afternoon.
At 2pm, the Carnival Procession will set off from Gosling into the town centre, where the floats will be parked on Howardsgate available for all to look at and enjoy. At 4.45pm, we will give them a great send off as they leave the town and return to Gosling. There will be plenty of entertainment for all ages, a huge selection of tempting foods from around the world, washed down with the liquid refreshment of your choice, and many more surprises on the way!
So how can you get involved?
We need groups of friends, organisations or clubs with the most energetic members who are prepared to be silly and noisy and entertain thousands of people! We want dancers, gymnastics, jugglers and custard-pie flingers to join the procession and travel the 2.2m miles around our town. Fire breathing Chinese dragons, dinosaurs and pantomime horses are most welcome too!
The theme is GARDEN
A number of well-known local organisations and charities have already applied to join the procession, either by walking in fancy dress or on float and they, along with plenty of other fun-loving people, are planning some extraordinary feats.
Two floats are being sponsored by the Carnival team who are thrilled that the local men’s support group Men in Sheds have agreed to build the sets.
We still have some availability for some local groups to be involved in the Carnival for both floats and the procession. If you would like your group to be considered, please download the application form and tell us what you can bring to the Carnival.
Closing date for applications is Valentines Day. All of Welwyn Garden will be watching, so we will be selecting the best groups that bring, colour, entertainment and fizz to the procession and let you know by April 5th 2020 if you are successful. You will then have 4 months to create the best float you can. Not wishing to be glum, but please remember that it might be tipping it down, very windy or boiling hot so please make sure your decorations can survive all three!
A bit nearer the time we will be calling out to find the oldest partnership in WGC, and inviting that couple to be Carnival King and Queen. We are also going to be looking for anyone else who is celebrating their centenary and they too will be able to be involved in the procession.
We look forward to celebrating with you!
Good luck and thank you once again,
The Carnival 2020 team