People living along the Northampton Carnival parade route are being invited to join in the fun of the day by entering a best dressed house competition.
In April it was revealed the event would be returning to Abington Park for the first time in nearly 20 years, in a move which will see its 1,000-strong parade head through a greater number of residential areas.
This year’s carnival, on Saturday, June 13, will see the more than 30 parade floats heading along Wellingborough Road, before heading into the town centre.
On its return journey to Abington Park the parade will snake through residential areas such as Clarke Road and Wantage Road.
Organiser Morcea Walker, of the Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium, is now inviting people living on Abington Avenue, Clarke Road and Roseholme Road, to enter a best dressed house competition, with the theme ‘a storybook carnival’.
She said: “We thought as the parade route is going along more residential areas this year, we wanted to invite the people living along the route to really get involved.
“We don’t want people to go spending lots of money, but we are asking residents to be as creative as they can using things they have around the house.
“If you have children they may have painted, or drawn you pictures? Well this would be a great chance to show them off.”
Mrs Walker said the ‘storybook’ theme can be interpreted however households - or businesses- along the route want.
“It could be about your favourite book, or it could be about the story of your life,” she said.
“Everyone has a story to tell - this is about a whole area telling their story at the same time.”
An independent judge will decide on the best dressed house in each street, with prizes going to the winners.
The carnival parade is set to leave Abington Park at 2pm on Saturday, June 13.
A rolling roadblock will be in place as the parade snakes through Northampton, with roads reopened once the parade has passed.
Detailed timings of the road closures will be available nearer the time and letters informing residents of the event, and parking restrictions, will be going out to homes along the route.
Mrs Walker has advised anyone travelling by car to see the event in the town centre to try and arrive by 1pm.
Also anyone who wants to really get involved in the spirit of the day and borrow a colourful carnival costume, can do so by sending a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ten costumes are available in total.
And anyone who already has a costume can give it a fresh lease of life by taking it along to a carnival workshop at Weston Favell Shopping Centre this weekend between 10am and 4pm. The event will give paraders a chance to decorate their colourful costumes with help from professional carnival group Utopia Mas.