In 1923 Blackpool held its first Carnival.
The population at that time was around 80,000 people - but an incredible 250,000 people came along - every day throughout the 8 day event!
The good news is that a Blackpool group have gained £10,000 from the Lottery fund to pay for Blackpool Carnival to come back!
The Blackpool Carnival Group are inviting all Blackpool schools, children’s groups, sports groups, adult organisations and businesses to enter a troop into the Carnival Parade which will travel on foot from Central Pier to the South Pier.
As with other Fylde Coast galas there will be a Carnival Queen and Retinue, and all of the Gala Royalty from other local events are invited to take part.
They are also inviting all musicians or musical groups to join in and play at the central stage on the Waterloo Road Headland. The Carnival will have an International flavour, representing the culture of many of the people now living in Blackpool and the North of England.
The event will be free to attend, with acts, activities and events taking place after the parade on the Waterloo Headland.
It's hoped that this will be the start of an annual event, growing year on year as have other Carnivals. Manchester Caribbean Carnival now attracts an audience of more than 6,000,000.
Although it's expected to draw big crowds and everyone is welcome to come along on the day, taking part in and organising the event is for us, for the people of Blackpool.
The organisers hope to bring people to this area of Blackpool to invigorate it, but also to gather people from both this area and the other areas of Blackpool to boost community spirit and local pride.
If you'd like to take part or find out more, email BlackpoolCarnival@yahoo.co.uk
Blackpool Carnival 2017
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