SKEGNESS Carnival Week is back this week and the ever-popular event looks set to take full advantage of a positive weather forecast.
The whole thing kicks-off in Skegness in spectacular fashion with the hugely popular parade day on Sunday (August 12) from 1.30pm.
This year’s parade theme is ‘pantomimes’, and the participants are sure to be decked in some truly memorable and vividly colourful creations.
Organisers are looking forward to an action-packed week of activities, and are hopeful that the promising forecast will help to boost visitor numbers even further.
“We’re looking forward to some good weather, we’re looking forward to some happy smiling faces and, most of all, we’re looking forward to a more exciting carnival,” said a spokesperson.
“It’s all looking to be a great carnival this year. The weather forecast is shaping up well so we’re hoping for some big numbers.
“Seeing the sea of smiling faces out on the streets is what it’s all about,” they added.
The parade is setting off an hour earlier than its traditional time, but its route looks set to remain unchanged.
It will head out from the Wainfleet Road Playing Fields and head along Heath Road, Victoria Road, Albert Road and Alexandra Road before turning onto the main Wainfleet Road and heading on towards Lumley Square.
After passing Lumley Square it will turn into Lumley Road and then head along Drummond Road, before turning into Serena Road and then heading north along South Parade into Grand Parade and finally North Parade, before finishing at the Seaview car park.
This year’s Carnival Parade is set to boast a number of new additions to help out the bumper crowd, should they need them.
As well as a number of first aid points there will also be several lost child and vulnerable person points dotted along the parade route.
Away from Sunday’s parade action, there will also be a chance for budding artists to try their luck in the Skegness Art Group’s ‘Pavement Artist’ contest on Monday from 11am at Prince Edward Walk.
And the artistic fun will continue at 2pm on the same day when the popular Sand Sculpture competition will take place on the Central Beach.
Other attractions on the Monday include spectacular displays from the talented riders at the Xsite complex.
Into Tuesday, August 14, the carnival will turn its attention towards the popular Baby Show in Tower Gardens from 2pm (with registration an hour earlier). Age categories include under six months, seven-to-12 months and 13-to-24 months.
And next Wednesday, August 15, one of the Carnival’s busiest days will see the traditional 999 Gala on the Pier Field on North Parade from 10am onwards.
A whole host of stalls, displays and attractions will be on hand during the day to entertain the crowds.
l Full details about the second-half of Carnival week will appear in next week’s Standard.