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Carnival comes to Harrogate

Carnival comes to Harrogate

Published by Lisa Darvill at 9:14am 25th July 2019. (Updated at 7:09am 27th July 2019)

Harrogate is set to stage its first ever Carnival tomorrow. 

  • The event will feature street theatre, dancing, food, music and interactive workshops
  • Organisers say it's to herald the arrival of September’s UCI Road World Cycling Championships, when “Harrogate Welcomes The World”
  • There'll also be a parade through town 

Being held in the Valley Gardens tomorrow, organisers say Carnival is set to match both Notting Hill and Leeds West Indian carnivals in terms of colourful costumes and live entertainment. 

It'll feature street theatre, dancing, food, music and interactive workshops. 

Carnival is being organised by Harrogate International Festivals and Harrogate Borough Council. It's part of a cultural programme to herald the arrival of September’s UCI Road World Cycling Championships, when “Harrogate Welcomes The World”.

The one-day event will start with an opening parade. 

The parade will start at 11am at the Cenotaph. It'll then travel on Oxford Street, Station Parade, Cambridge Street then down to the Valley Gardens via Montpellier.  

Harrogate Borough Council chief executive Wallace Sampson said:

“A carnival is a celebration, a festival and more over one big party – and that’s what Harrogate will be staging on the last Saturday in July.

“In September we will be ‘welcoming the world’ with the arrival of the UCI Road World Cycling Championships, and we are relishing being at the epi centre of sport’s biggest competition.”

Stanley Lumley, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for culture, tourism and sport, said:

“Carnival is going to be one day of continuous family-oriented fun and festivities and one that give Rio a run for its money.

“Whilst the cycling will bring in teams from all over the world, our carnival will attract people from all over the north of England. It will be a day not to be missed.

“Additionally, with the parade weaving its way through the town centre, this will be a great opportunity for visitors to see for themselves the quality of independent and chain stores, restaurants and bars that make Harrogate a superb place to eat, drink and shop.”

Harrogate International Festivals’ chief executive Sharon Canavar said:

“Carnival Harrogate style promises is to be a diverse event, rich in colours, sounds and flavours from the four quarters of the world.

“It will be the first time not just the Valley Gardens, but Harrogate itself, has staged an event of this nature, and it’s an ambitious event showcasing music, food and dance.

“Think Rio in Rhododendrons, parade in the petunias, sounds in the sun colonnades, food in the flora and dancing in the dahlias, and you will begin to get a taste of what the day holds in store for visitors.

“Carnival is being brought to Harrogate courtesy of Harrogate Borough Council, and we are very much looking forward to staging this world party in our beautiful park.”

Further details about Carnival, including performers and performance times, will be available from the Harrogate International Festivals website atharrogateinternationalfestivals.com