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Carnival goes global


The theme of this year’s Newark Carnival has been revealed — Newark Goes Global — and it promises to be bigger and better than last year.

Preparations for the event are already under way.

Forty people from community groups attended a public meeting at Holy Trinity Community and Partnership Centre, Newark, on Tuesday evening to discuss plans.

The theme was unveiled after a demonstration by the Ice Diamonds cheerleading squad.

The carnival will be on July 6.

Last year’s event was the idea of Newark Arts Forum, which set up an organising committee.

Members have now formed a community interest company which, said the secretary, Mrs June Rowlands, would help them to secure grants more easily.

Mrs Rowlands said floats could incorporate famous places and names, national costumes, traditions representing different nationalities, music, dance and food and drink.

She said they would be following the same route as last year, but people could join the parade at any point if they could not manage the full two miles.

She said the procession would be led by a carnival king and queen, who would each be followed by ten attendants.

The procession will be at a slow pace, giving people more time to enjoy it.

They are also able to cater for larger floats and vehicles and want to have more music.

Mrs Rowlands wants businesses and individuals along the route to put up decorations.

Organisers hope around 2,000 people will take part in the carnival — double last year’s figure.

They need sponsors, people to dress the route, support fundraising events or help with one of the sub-committees.

Actor and lecturer Carolyn Drury said they would run workshops again over the next couple of months for people to develop skills.

She said: “There is a large ethnic community in Newark and we want them to get involved in the carnival. It will be a total representation of the town then.”

A map of the world will soon feature on the carnival’s website, newarkcarnival.com and people can pick which country they would like to represent.

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