Fleetwood all set for virtual carnival next weekend

Fleetwood Carnival organisers may have had to cancel the traditional form of the event yet again this year, but they are still keen to ensure that the virtual event can be fun for the community.

By Richard Hunt
Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 3:47 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th June 2021, 3:48 pm
Fleetwood Carnival in a previous year
Fleetwood Carnival in a previous year

This year, the Fleetwood Virtual Carnival takes place via the Fleetwood Carnival Facebook page on Saturday June 19.

The event went virtual last year, for the first time in its long history, due to the restrictions imposed because of the Covid pandemic.

Many similar galas across the Fylde coast have reluctantly cancelled their events completely.

The Fleetwood event will entail photos of various fancy dress entries being sent in and displayed on the Facebook site on Carnival Day, with various prizes up for grabs for those deemed the best.

Carnival chairman, Cheryl Walkington, inset, said: “Last year we decided to go online at the last minute but we’ve had more time this year so it will be bigger and better.

“The carnival is so good at bringing everyone together so we thought it was worth doing the virtual version again, rather than cancelling.”

The committee are hoping for more entries to sent in - the closing date for all entries is Wednesday June 16.

Categories are:fancy dress (all ages, any theme); carnival garden; carnival shop window; carnival house window; design a virtual float (freestyle); dress up your scooter, bike, pram or buggy.

There are also school entries and winners will be awarded prizes, certificates, medals or trophies.

Cheryl added: “We have received a variety of entries including a lovely virtual Fisherman’s Friends float in tribute to Mrs Maureen Lofthouse.

“We’re hoping for lots more entries to come and that people will be able to really enjoy the event.”

Entries should be sent to [email protected]