The countdown has begun to Eastbourne’s biggest and most vibrant carnival ever!
Thousands of spectators and visitors are expected to descend on the seafront on Saturday June 4 to watch the mile-long procession dance and jive its way from the Western Lawns to Princes Park.
With over 40 entrants, covering musical bands, dancers and performers parading in costume – Eastbourne Carnival promises to be a great way to raise money for local good causes and celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the main theme for the Carnival.
Carnival organiser Mina O’Brien said the procession was the culmination of lots of hard work by numerous people and organisations.
“I was delighted to take on this task, as I felt it was so important for us all to come out of lockdowns and Covid and have something to look forward to and to celebrate. The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee makes this Carnival extra special and historic for Eastbourne,” Mina explained. “The response from participants, volunteers, marshals and stewards has been amazing and there is a tremendous desire to get out on the streets and party!”
Here is all you need to know about Carnival Saturday:
The Mayor and Mayoress will officially open the carnival at 12 noon at the Enterprise Centre, followed by a small procession through the town centre (Terminus Road).
The Big Carnival Parade kicks off at the Western Lawns at 2pm and will proceed towards Princes Park, where the parade will finish around 4-5pm.
New this year will be a judging point at the Bandstand, where sponsors and community VIPs will judge the entries.
There will also be an online People’s Vote via the Carnival website https://www.eastbournecarnival.com/ and social media channels, so everyone can join in and vote for:
– best float
– best performance
– best costume
The winners will be announced the week after Carnival and will receive £50 to be donated to a charity of their choice.
An After-Party kicks off at 9:30pm at The Bear Club, Station Street. Enjoy a cocktail while soaking up carnival-themed music.
During the day and into the evening there will be a global market in Terminus Road, featuring street food and other stalls. They will complement the great selection of town centre restaurants, pubs and wine bars for visitors to enjoy post-carnival.
Souvenir T-shirts are available to purchase via the home page on our website.
There will be car parking in Five Acres Field at the Princes Park end of the seafront.
Any specific enquiries please contact us via our website.
More information can be found on the Carnival and social media accounts.