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Preston Caribbean Carnival granted funding for 50th anniversary event in May

Posted on - 16th April, 2024 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Charities, Deepdale, History, Preston Council, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Preston Caribbean Carnival procession 2023 Pic: Mark McLoughlin
Preston Caribbean Carnival procession 2023 Pic: Mark McLoughlin

Preston Caribbean Carnival has been granted funding for the 50th anniversary event taking place this year.

Organisers say they are planning an event bigger and better than ever before to mark the milestone after being granted funding from Arts Council England.

Participants will be wearing costume pieces from the last 50 years as they drum and dance their way along the route.

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Tracey Harris, chairperson for the Preston Caribbean Carnival charity, said: “We are delighted that funding has been granted and work has begun immediately to recreate large piece, iconic carnival costumes from our 50 year history along with small pieces for all participants, anticipated to be in the region of 500 performers this year.”

Preston Caribbean Carnival takes place on Sunday, 26 May. A procession is followed by a Caribbean-themed family fun day at Moor Park which includes live performances, food stalls, bars and plenty of children’s activities.

Preston Caribbean Carnival procession 2023 Pic: Mark McLoughlin
Preston Caribbean Carnival procession 2023 Pic: Mark McLoughlin

Organisers will be asking the public for a donation of £2 on the day itself to help cover help and safety costs.

The carnival will be preceded by the One Park Living Legends event at Moor Park on Saturday, 25 May. Here there will be live performances until 9pm with a headline performance from The Twinkle Bros. Tickets are available here.

This story was made possible by support from you, our readers and a host of organisations in the city, through our Crowdfund Lancashire appeal, which unlocked support from the Lancashire Culture and Sport Fund provided by Lancashire County Council. You can see all our coverage and, if you know of an event or arts project in the city we should be covering, send details to contactus@blogpreston.co.uk.

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