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Chard Carnival 2014

Last Saturday was the Chard Carnival.  Carnival is big around here, with the biggest one being at Bridgewater.  Carnival clubs spend all year fundraising and building their fabulous floats with music and bright lights and then each weekend go to a different venue for the carnival parades. Each of these large floats is pulled by a tractor and has a fairground generator on the back to power the music and lights.

There were pirate themed floats:-


And this one:-


The people on these floats were singing and dancing on the floats, but then there were others were they made a tableau i.e. they didn’t move, which must be quite difficult all the way round the circuit.


Other floats were slightly less flamboyant, but still colourful:-


There were lots of majorettes from all the local towns:-


And some walking entries.  I particularly liked these ones:



All the money raised goes to charity, so what a great way to support charities and enjoy yourself at the same time.

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Carnival comes to Chard

Saturday evening was carnival in Chard.  We were not used to this sort of carnival when we lived in the south east, but it is big in the south west.  Carnival happens at night, when it is dark and the floats are lit up with hundreds of brightly coloured bulbs and the most elaborate floats.  There are carnival clubs here that must work on set and costumes all year round in preparation. It all starts with the sellers who are touting their brightly coloured light sabres and whirlygigs and many other items that light up the night.


Then at last you hear the music blearing out and know that the carnival is on its way.  Some of the floats are 3 trailers long and absolutely fabulous.



Then there were people dressed up in colourful costumes walking along as well as the carnival queens and princesses.



Several teams of majorettes took part, dancing their way along the streets, followed by a trailer showing off all their trophies.


One float was a tableau of scenes from Les Miserables:-


There was a float from the British Legion covered in poppies:-


And others with just so many light bulbs:-


All in all a great show.  It’s carnival season down here at the moment and carnival goes from town to town at different weekends.  If you want to come and see then we still have some vacancies in the B&B in October so contact us for more details.

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Carnival comes to Chard

October is the time for carnival down here in Somerset.  When we first moved here I thought it was a bit strange to hold carnival in October, as I am more used to carnivals being held in the Summer, but as soon as we went to one I realised why they are held when the evenings are dark. It is so the hundreds of lights on the floats really show up.  There are carnival clubs that fund raise all year round in order to put on the most magnificant floats, so brightly lit by a fairground generator that follows each float.  It’s an amazing site.  Here are just a few photos from Saturday evening.


Something about Mary


Star fella

Starlight express

Starlight express – 2

Artic attack

Moscow eclipse

There were also majorettes and people in fabulous costumes walking along.  All the money raised goes to charity.  We were all lucky the rain held off and we were able to enjoy an hour of great entertainment.

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Ilminster Carnival

Carnival is big business down in the south west of England.  The carnival season starts at Wellington, and this Saturday was at Ilminster, which is only 5 miles away from us, and as we hadn’t been before we decided to go.

It was amazing!.  The floats were huge and all lit up, with their own large generators.  Lots of pumping music and dancers.  Also lots of majorettes from different towns, but it was the floats that blew us away, they were so professional and obviously had cost a lot of money.

the roaring twenties floatmore lights on a float

We certainly hadn’t seen anything like this back we used to live.

A spooky floata disney float

Carnival comes to Chard next Saturday the 8th October. If you want to come down to see it, visit us at Lodge House B&B

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