Fun on the city's streets on agenda as Worcester's Carnival returns after a two-year absence - The Worcester Observer
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17th Aug, 2022

Fun on the city's streets on agenda as Worcester's Carnival returns after a two-year absence

Rob George 1st Jul, 2022

A CELEBRATION of Worcester and its people will be at the heart of the city’s carnival which returns to the city after two-year absence.

Locals and visitors alike are expected to pile into Pitchcroft on Saturday (July 2) and watch the parade through the heart of the city centre.

This year’s event marks the first carnival since 2019 because of the pandemic and thousands of visitors are expected to show their support for organisers efforts.

The carnival’s theme for 2022 is ‘celebration’ and people are being encouraged to celebrate the city of Worcester and the people who live here.

After a packed morning of activities, visitors can then line the 1.7mile route for the traditional parade which will set off from Pitchcroft from 3pm.

Floats will make their way through Castle Street, Foregate Street, the Cross, High Street, Pump Street, City Walls Road, College Street, Deansway, Bridge Street, North Parade and Croft Road before journey’s end at Pitchcroft at about 5pm.

During the parade, volunteers will be collecting for the carnival’s charity partners – the Worcester Warriors Community Foundation, Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust and the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA).

Carnival goers will be able to enjoy live performances, a children’s fair, a climbing wall, inflatables, food and craft stalls and several sporting activities including the ever-popular football tournament.

People will also be able to enjoy fairground rides, inflatables, market stalls with local charities, crafts, food and drink.

Carnival Queen Melanie Eastwood will be crowned by the Mayor of Worcester Coun Adrian Gregson in the heart of the carnival village on Pitchcroft.

She will be supported by 13 princesses this year. The committee wanted to include all the applicants, aged six to eight years old, after they had waited so long since the last event.

“I always wanted to be carnival queen but felt I may not match up to what people may see as typically beautiful, to me that’s what the Queen was like out of a storybook,” Melanie said.

“I do think it’s important to remember we all come in different shapes and sizes, to accept and embrace ourselves is a beautiful thing.

“If I could teach my daughter anything in life it would be to be happy in your own skin and you always have something to offer no matter what age, size, race, gender, or sexual orientation.

Visit www.worcester-carnival.co.uk or www.facebook.com/worcscarnival2017 for all the latest.

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