Nostalgic Nuneaton’s Carnival Procession
Now that it’s the summertime, I feel it only necessary to give a tip on one of the fun activities available to enjoy in my hometown of Nuneaton, England, UK. Think Mardi-Gras on a rather small scale with a rather kitsch theme and you will understand the idea behind the Nuneaton Carnival Procession.
Each year as a child I would visit my grandparents house and collect all the spare pennies together that they had saved over the previous year and take them along with me (the pennies and the grandparents!) to one of the streets nearby through which the carnival would drive through. Several floats from local school clubs and sports clubs would all dress up according to a set theme and create a scene onboard their float. (The theme this year is “anything goes” - a great opportunity to see something creative). When they came by, the idea was to throw the pennies into hats, fishing nets, buckets, watering cans, anything into which you can catch money whilst those onboard tried to catch it. All money then went to helps these local groups and to charities (linked most often to the local hospital).
I really recommend to those living in Nuneaton and those passing by on the weekend of June 14th 2009 to check out the carnival. It is such a great way to spend the day as a family and is suitable for anyone - kids, couples, family, friends, grandparents, teenagers etc. There are a few stalls and balloon-sellers and places where you can get soemthing to eat and drink, and the whole town can have a bit of fun out on the streets whilst the roads are closed to all traffic.
If the weather is nice, it would be a great day for a picnic in ‘Riversley Park’ located directly alongside ‘Coventry Road’ where the carnival procession spends most of it’s time. There is also a celebrity guest here this year, although you may have to be English to appreciate that it is ‘Birds of a Feather’ BBC television star Linda Robson (aka Tracey Stubbs). 1pm GMT on Caldwell Road is where the carnival starts, but stand along 'Coventry Road' for the best views - have fun enjoying a bit of local culture and festivity! [more]
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