Community Carnival For All

Carnival Chair Allan Iles writes: A month on from this year’s Carnival we have had so much positive feedback with many of you commenting on how the Carnival had a great community feel this year.  The parade was a wonderful mix of the Hornsea community with wonderful floats from our local Nurserys to Floral Hall to name but a two.  Our fantastic Carnival Royals led the parade on the open top bus and their infectious enthusiasm for all things Carnival helped to make it a wonderful weekend for them and us. As in years gone by they launched the annual fireworks display, all be it a day late due to the high winds of the Friday night.  Luckily the rain stopped just in time for us to enjoy the fantastic display on the Saturday instead.   Our two live music nights proved to be a sell out and saw a real mix of the community coming together to enjoy the excellent acts on both nights.  A big thanks to the Hornsea Town Council for allowing these evening events to take place and to The Stackhouse Bar for supporting us in the Music Tent venture.  Live music also proved popular on our outside stage with a variety of local acts performing for the community.   Our Food and Craft tents proved very popular over the weekend with a real variety of products on display.  As always the live cookery demos on Sunday drew a crowd.  This year’s ‘Artists In Residence’ project saw artists, photographers, writers and poets demonstrate their skills and showcase their art work for the community.  It was great to see familys getting involved in the community pot making, which we are pleased to report survived the kiln process and will be on display along with all the other artwork created in a special exhibition later on in the year.   The Carnival Arena saw plenty of action this year with stunt motorcyclist Flyin Ryan wowing the crowds on Saturday whilst the Welsh Axe men wielding their chain-saws on Sunday were a real hit.  Throw in the dog display team and regular attendees Eagle Eye Falconry and the Arena entertainment proved to have something for everyone.   Our first mini fun run on the Sunday saw several families taking part with Hornsea Harriers on hand to provide fun and encouragement to the runners.   As well as the entertainment it has been a Carnival of community inclusivity, supported over the weekend by many of our local charities and groups from Hornsea and the surrounding area.  Community is at the heart of Carnival and the Committee strives to put on an event that not only provides fun and entertainment but also encourages us to come together and celebrate all that is wonderful and diverse about our great town of Hornsea.   We really hope you all had a wonderful Carnival experience and we look forward to putting on another great weekend in 2018.   Next year’s Carnival dates are 20th-22nd July 2018.   To get involved in Carnival or to find out more about up and coming events please see our website or follow us on our Facebook page.   Carnival are once again supporting the fantastic Cafe Mellar taster night on the 16th September.  See the poster for more details.  

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