Long Eaton - Carnival 2022
w/e 19 June 2022
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300
Friday had been the hottest
day of the year so far with bright blue clear skies and scorching
sunshine. Sunday was cooler and cloudy but on Saturday around
about lunchtime as the Long Eaton Carnival Parade passed through
the town centre, it was a little damp!
As we joined the crowd as it began to assemble near The Green
about ten minutes before the parade was due to arrive, two balloon
salesmen came quickly striding past. (They put me in mind
of that famous line from the Morecambe and Wise sketch "He
won't sell many ice creams at that speed.)
They were soon followed by a
clown on a scooter who, armed with a megaphone and portable speaker,
began to engage with the crowd by talking to people and playing
The clown was soon followed (along with the rain) by the parade
and at the forefront of the procession was the Ambassadors Showband
The band was closely followed by the Long Eaton Sea Cadets and
representatives of the Royal British Legion.
Next came a succession of large lorries (floats) filled by various
groups and organisations. This one was, as the name suggests,
full of Brownies.
Various drama and theatre groups were also represented in the
parade including the Riverside Drama Company (left), the Erewash
Musical Society Youth Group (top) and the Erewash Musical Society
(bottom), the latter two both advertising future production due
to be held at the Duchess Theatre in the town.
Sport was also represented and this float and a large contingent
behind were representing all age groups of Long Eaton Rugby.
The Canaan Trust, an independent Christian Charity that provides
safe secure and healthy supported accommodation for the homeless
had a float promoting their work and volunteers were also distributing
leaflets highlighting their work.
Hazza is a Children's Entertainment and Event Specialist based
in Long Eaton and their float was colourfully decked with numerous
balloons and fun characters.
Another large contingent were from Vibez Danceworks, a dance
studio located in the town that provides dance classes for all
age groups and many different dance styles.
The parade was brought to an end with a selection of large military
vehicles some of which bore stickers for the SAS Car Wash (see
also the image at the top of this page showing Sponge Bob Square
Pants). From here the parade continued to West Park, from where
it had started, for an afternoon of fun activities. Just a shame
the weather wasn't more favourable but there's always next year.