Carnival 2022

Like so many other events, the Carnivals in 2020 and 2021 had to be cancelled.
Our plans for a Party in the Park to create a Carnival spirit were also thwarted.
We hope for better in 2022.

The Carnival Parade is traditionally the third Saturday in July which in 2022 will be
Saturday 16th July.

Here are some highlights from previous years!
Carnival Princess        


And here they are in their wonderful coach, thanks to the brilliant Richard Marlow!  Thanks Helen Bowyer for the photo!

Traffic Arrangements

The main closure is to Down Road which we close from 1630 to 1830. This is to allow the parade with its tractors and trailers, lorries and hundreds of walkers, to form up and to protect any stray children that might run into the road.

When the parade starts at 1830 we close Whitchurch road between Down Road and Abbey place, but open it again when the parade has cleared into Abbey Place (about 20 - 25 minutes). We then close off roads as the parade approaches and these will be Plymouth road between Bedford Square and Canal road, Russell Street and then West Street between the junction with Fore street and Bedford square. Finally we close Duke street between Bedford square and Vigo Bridge and Market Road where the parade disperses. See below for a link to a copy of the Traffic Control Order which gives all the detail. Note that, although we have set times for the road closures we try to minimise and inconvenience to motorists by not closing roads until the parade approaches and opening them once it has passed.

You may have also noticed the many no parking signs that we have put up around the route. We need this to allow the big tractors and trailers and lorries to negotiate the route safely and also to allow spectators to see the parade.

Carnival 2019

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