We’ve decided to go ahead and enter Southend Carnival again this year, collecting money for Equal People Performing Arts whilst performing along the seafront on the Saturday evening. Our theme will be “Rio”, complete with songs and characters from the film, also tying in to the Olympics and WorldCup which will take place in Rio, Brazil.
For those not familiar with our Carnival week activities, we meet at the Studios each day from 10am to 3pm (Monday 15th to Friday 19th August), learning songs and dance routines for the carnival procession, and creating costumes and props for decorating the float. Usually the float arrives on Thursday, and we spend Friday and Saturday on the finishing touches before the procession along the seafront on Saturday evening. It’s great fun, and back by popular demand after giving carnival a rest last year.
The cost for the week of activities is still just £75 (the same price as 2014) per participant, and this can be paid in instalments if preferred. All we need for now is your name, and a £10 deposit to secure your place.
It’s been an exhausting week for many but none of the team regret a minute of it. The Madagascan float is looking awesome, and we’re almost all set. Here’s a sneak peak at how it looked as the windows were painted onto the New York skyline:
King Julien, Alex, Melman and Gloria will be joined by dancers and a monkey trying to fly an airplane – do feel free to come down to the seafront Saturday evening and cheer us on.
We’ll be collecting directly for Equal People throughout the procession, so please help fill our buckets. Notes weigh less than coins, so make it easier to carry. Our entry into the carnival has been sponsored by a local business, so every penny pound we collect will be going directly to the charity.
The carnival starts from Southchurch Park at 7.45pm, goes along Southend seafront past the Pier at 8.30pm and reaches Shorefield Road in Westcliff at 9.30pm.
The best viewing point is City Beach, where there will also be an accessible viewing area “for people with disabilities or those who wish to watch the procession in a more secure environment” (taken the carnival website – of course we know full well that there are no “people with disabilities”).
On Saturday 17th August Mushroom Theatre Company once again entered the Southend Torchlight Carnival Procession; this year with a SHREK-themed float and dancers. Everyone had a great time (despite the wind, though at least it wasn’t the following weekend with all that rain!) and we walked (danced?) away with a few awards too – a lovely end to a fantastic week:
Best Youth Group
Best in Non-Trading class
Best in Procession
Well Done Everyone!
Look forward to seeing you at Southend Carnival 2014!