Blackpool Carnival

23 July 2017, 12.00pm – 1.00pm

We are performing on the stage at Central Pier to celebrate Blackpool Carnival! Come and join in the fun.

Information from the Blackpool Council website:

The Blackpool Carnival Group are inviting all Blackpool schools, children’s groups, sports groups, adult organisations and even businesses to enter a troop into the Carnival Parade which will go, on foot from the North Pier to the South Pier. 

They are also inviting all musicians or musical groups to join in and play at the central stage on the Waterloo Road Headland.  “The Carnival will have an International flavour,” says Donna Jackson, Chair of the Carnival Committee, “representing the culture of many of the people now living in Blackpool and the North of England from other cultures.  We are in talks with groups to engage Hindu dancers, Chinese lions, Caribbean food and so much more.”

The event will be free to attend, with a series of acts and activities on the Waterloo Headland. The organisers will be having discussions with Blackpool Council later on in the year about the Carnival Parade being on foot from North Pier to South Pier. 

It's hoped that this will be the start of an annual event, growing year on year as have other Carnivals.  Manchester Caribbean Carnival now attracts an audience of more than 6,000,000. 

“Although we would like to attract lots of visitors, to both this years and future years’ Carnivals, taking part in and organising the event is for us, for Blackpool people,” says Susanne Johnson, Chair of the South Beach Beacons which forms a large part of the organising group.

“South Beach Beacons are involved in the organisation of the Carnival and in the successful application to secure this funding from the Lottery as part of our improvement activities for the South Beach area.

Susanne went on to add "We hope to bring people to this area of Blackpool to invigorate it, but also to gather people from both this area and the other areas of Blackpool to boost community spirit and local pride.”

The Carnival Group is made up of members of the South Beach Beacons, AFRA – the Afro-Caribbean group, the Hindu Society and would welcome members of any other cultural or other interested group.