Carnival has a new look – without the traditional parade
ASHFORD Carnival will be taking a different shape this year in the form of a static street festival rather than the traditional procession.
The team from the Kent Children’s Fund Network (KCFN), which is taking over from the Singleton Giant Association, is planning to organise stalls, games and activities involving the community in the town centre on Sunday, July 11.
But the door is still open for people who want a traditional carnival procession to come forward and organise one.
The KCFN is organising the festival through a project called Go4Play in partnership with Ashford Borough Council and with funding from the Big Lottery.
Co-ordinator Joel Roszmann said: “We’re going to be getting all of the community groups to hold various stalls along the High Street. There will be a food area, a drumming workshop, activities with music at the bandstand, a street dance workshop and areas where local businesses can contribute.
“The main theme is for street play – to get people out on to the street and having fun.”
Other planned activities include grafitti art, street art, facepaint- ing and an assault course.
A small group was set up on Facebook which has raised concerns about the traditional procession with floats from Stanhope to Tannery Lane not going ahead.
The co-ordinators do not want to organise a procession and have no funding for one, but Mr Roszmann said: “If anyone in the community wants to step up and run a carnival procession we’ll happily work with those volunteers, but it’s not our business to run it.
“Our business is creating play opportunities for children.”
Anyone interested in running a stall or who would like to volunteer to organise the procession can call the team on 01233 632957.
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Egerton and Pluckley football team on last year’s float