Thousands expected at Northampton Carnival this week

Northampton Carnival procession through town centre.
Northampton Carnival procession through town centre.

Thousands of people are expected at Northampton Carnival, which will have a new route through the town centre this Saturday.

As reported in last week’s Chron, the event – which includes stage performances, stalls and a funfair at the start and finish of the town parade – will now take place at Far Cotton Rec Centre, after the borough council told organisers they could not hold it at Delapre Park.

The event will be opened at noon on Saturday by cast members of the Royal & Derngate’s in-house production of Dealers Choice.

The carnival parade will leave the Far Cotton at 2pm and wind its way from London Road into the town centre via Bridge Street, St Giles Square and Abington Street, before returning to the Rec by 4.30pm.

Those taking part will be dressing up and parading in their interpretation of the carnival’s theme: A Carnival Fantasy Of The World In Colours.

The stage line-up throughout the day at the Rec features local, regional and national artists, as well as a headline performance by UK Soca artist, Garvin ‘Scrappy’ Johnson.

The free carnival event is organised by Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium in a bid to bring together Northampton’s diverse community.

Previously held at Delapre Park, the event was moved due to concerns over possible damage to the park’s grounds.

Various councillors supported the Consortium in a bid to keep the Delapre venue, but they were unsuccessful.