Fun and colour of carnival returns

A COLOURFUL parade, interesting food, parkour artists and music performances will be the hallmarks of Sunday's Ipswich Community Carnival, it was announced today.

James Marston

A COLOURFUL parade, interesting food, parkour artists and music performances will be the hallmarks of Sunday's Ipswich Community Carnival, it was announced today.

The sixth community carnival parade will start at 2pm at the New Wolsey Theatre.

Blue King, event coordinator, said: “The carnival parade will also be part of a national celebration for the handing over of the Olympics.

“This year's carnival parade will start at 2pm from the New Wolsey Theatre in Civic Drive where there will be a performance produced by the Wolsey.

“Following this the parade will walk with the Olympic flag to the Town Hall where it will be handed over to the mayor and flown over the Cornhill.”

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The parade will then continue through town before ending in Christchurch Park.

The free event in the park follows the parade and starts with the Co-op's Permission to Rock competition, a showcase of seven young rock bands on stage in the Big Top.

Other music performances will include a folk band and African dancing and singing. There will also be a performance of parkour artists displaying skills of the 'free-running' art form.

Ms King added: “Ipswich Community Radio's 'Global Village' marquee brings together an exciting cultural mix of music entertainment which will include Zimbabwean Singers, Indian Taul Drummers, Portuguese Fado Singers, Cuban Folklore, Salsa Dance, and The Children's Chinese Drum Ensemble.

“As well as this, Portuguese, Zimbabwean, Caribbean, Polish and Indian cuisine will be available with cookery demonstrations of Thai food.”

There will be community stalls and children's amusements such as face painting and henna tattoos.

The Ipswich Community Carnival began in 2003.

This year's activities in Christchurch Park will kick off at noon and run until 6pm. The carnival parade will pass through the town centre from 2pm to 3pm.

What do you think of the carnival? Are you taking part in the parade? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or send an e-mail to eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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