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2018 is the 413th an­niver­sary of The Gun­pow­der Plot. Dis­tance wise the pro­ces­sion route is just over 1.7 miles long, and the car­ni­val will take more than 2 hours to pass any one view­ing point.

Over 2,000 peo­ple are in­volved with the 98 en­tries in this year’s event.

Over 7 megawatts of elec­tric­ity will power the 44 car­ni­val carts tak­ing part in this year’s car­ni­val pro­ces­sion.

Over 1,000,000 in­di­vid­ual lights (lamps and LEDs) will il­lu­mi­nate the sky­line as the carts travel around the streets of Bridg­wa­ter

1,600 traf­fic cones, 200 road traf­fic signs, 170 bar­ri­ers, and 34 traf­fic mar­shals will be fa­cil­i­tat­ing the 31 closed roads.

This year Bridg­wa­ter Guy Fawkes Car­ni­val has 70 friends of car­ni­val (formerly pa­trons).

All 2,270 grand­stand seats were sold six weeks prior to the big day. In ad­di­tion, 170 cor­po­rate hos­pi­tal­ity pack­ages were avail­able for the big night, all of which in­cluded a grand­stand ticket.

44 trade stands will line the pro­ces­sion route on car­ni­val night.

76 coaches / minibuses pre-booked to at­tend this year’s Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val.

Over 180 peo­ple are ex­pected to take part in this year’s squib­bing dis­play. The squibs are 300mm long.

37 cups and tro­phies are awarded on car­ni­val night by our 79 judges. Be­fore the results are an­nounced on the evening, 4,684 sep­a­rate judg­ing scores will need to be entered onto lap­tops to as­cer­tain which en­tries came where.

30 com­pa­nies and or­gan­i­sa­tions are of­fi­cial spon­sors of Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val this year.

7,629 peo­ple like the of­fi­cial Bridg­wa­ter Guy Fawkes Car­ni­val Face­book page.

4,713 peo­ple fol­low Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val’s of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count.

In the last 12 months the car­ni­val’s of­fi­cial web­site has re­ceived 195,445 hits, in­clud­ing 9,701 from com­puter users liv­ing in the US, 666 from France, 461 from Azer­bai­jan, 406 from Spain, 363 from Ger­many, 291 from Aus­tralia, and 231 from Canada.

Var­i­ous re­search projects and stud­ies have con­cluded that Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val is worth an es­ti­mated £4 mil­lion an­nu­ally to the lo­cal econ­omy - £2 mil­lion dur­ing the week­end of the car­ni­val and a fur­ther £2 mil­lion from car­ni­val re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the year.

The free Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val app, which is avail­able from Google Play and the App Store, has been down­loaded by 1,449 peo­ple.

The Shep­herd Fam­ily CC are ex­pected to be the en­trant who will be trav­el­ling the fur­thest dis­tance to take part com­pet­i­tively in the car­ni­val. The group are from Portsmouth in Hamp­shire and will be trav­el­ling 106 miles to Bridg­wa­ter for the big day.

Over the last 20 years Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties have raised over £504,357 for the of­fi­cial Bridg­wa­ter Guy Fawkes Car­ni­val char­ity and other lo­cal sup­ported char­i­ties.

2018 sees a num­ber of car­ni­val clubs cel­e­brat­ing spe­cial an­niver­saries for the num­ber of years they have taken part in Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val, in­clud­ing 80 years for Cen­tu­rion CC.

Trac­tor driver, Dave Speed, from Bridg­wa­ter’s Cava­liers CC, will be driv­ing his 197th con­sec­u­tive car­ni­val at Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val 2018.

There will be 30 smoke ma­chines on Globe CC’s 2018 en­try Cap­tain Mor­gan’s Re­venge.

Club mem­bers from Cole­ford based Huck­y­duck CC have carved and painted over 10,000 bricks for their

2018 en­try One for the Road.

Luck­ing­ton CC have entered Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val in the fea­ture, tableaux and comic classes dur­ing their 40 years of tak­ing part.

Club mem­bers from Bridg­wa­ter’s Ma­rina Sy­den­ham Ju­ve­nile CC have made over 450 tiles and paving slabs for their 2018 en­try Graf­fiti Vil­lains.

South Brent CC will be ap­pear­ing in their 21st car­ni­val of the year when they take part in this year’s Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val.

The com­bined ages of all 40 mem­bers from Bridg­wa­ter-based Wills CC is close to 1,000 years.

The first phys­i­cal per­son to por­tray Guy Fawkes at Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val was Joseph Spriggs who led the parade in 1896 on the Guy Fawkes cart, a tra­di­tion which sur­vives to this day.

Arts Coun­cil Eng­land has once again recog­nised the valu­able role which Bridg­wa­ter Car­ni­val per­forms in the lo­cal com­mu­nity by award­ing a grant of £32,125 for this year.

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