Riot of colour and costumes as Falmouth Carnival takes to the streets: UPDATE + PICTURES + VIDEO (From Falmouth Packet)
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Riot of colour and costumes as Falmouth Carnival takes to the streets: UPDATE + PICTURES + VIDEO
11:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
Participants and spectators pulled out all the stops to ensure Falmouth’s walking carnival celebrated its 25th anniversary in style on Saturday with the best parade seen in many years.
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Crowds several people deep lined the streets from the start at the rugby club right through to the parade’s end at Events Square. To show their support of all effort put in by those taking part, people dug deep into their pockets and raised about £2,300 for local charities.
It is 11 years since Falmouth Marine Band took over the running of the carnival and the 25th procession it has taken part in. Each year, the band unveils its new uniform and Saturday was no exception as they marched through town dressed as Star Wars’ Storm Troopers and led by Darth Vader and with Chewbacca on the bug drum. There were also Kerno D2, C-3PO and assorted Jedi in support.
Following on from the Marine Band were an assorted collection of organisations and individuals who include the Cornwall Marine Network with Thomas the Tank Engine, the Waterfront Crew’s Doctor Who complete with daleks and the police box, the Falmouth Wheelers’ Red Sparrows and the RNLI’s Red Barrows.
There were also entries from Falmouth Art Gallery featuring a giant head, Falmouth Maritime Museum’s pirate ship, St Francis School’s 101 Dalmatians, the Pink Wiggers, Falmouth Mission to Seafarers, the Golowan Town Band, Kernow Pipes and Drums, Truro Hashers and former Falmouth mayor, Mike Varney and his partner Ann Trudgen as tiger-tamer and tiger.
Paul Wickes, leader of Falmouth Marine Band, said: “It was fantastic to see the biggest carnival crowd for years and the parade itself covering so many facets of the working, cultural and sporting sides of the area.”
The proceeds of the event will be distributed to local organisations later in the year. Anyone interested in receiving a donation should apply to the Marine Band c/o the Star and Garter, High Street, Falmouth.
Falmouth RNLI Red Barrows.
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