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Procession of colour as Gloucester Carnival takes to the streets

By The Citizen  |  Posted: July 29, 2013

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A PROCESSION bursting with colour poured out of Gloucester Park and through the city streets during this weekend's carnival.

The 77th annual Gloucester Carnival kicked off with energetic performances from the likes of the Ambitions dance group, Glo Active and Cheer Supreme Allstars.

The Ambitions dancers showed off their green credentials, in line with the event's eco-friendly theme, by wearing costumes made from recycling materials, including crisp packets and can clips.

The Glo Active Street Beat dance group also emphasised the message of caring for their environment with their performance. A panel of judges, including The Citizen's editor Jenny Eastwood and Mr Gloucester Yaseen Jaffer, judged the best floats and performances.

Anna Smith, of Stroud, was cheering on her granddaughter Eryn, eight.

She said: "I was there supporting my granddaughter and the rest of the Ambitions group. They were absolutely fantastic. Their costumes looked great."

After the dance performances, all the floats headed off for a parade around the city, heading along Park Road towards Trier Way and on to Eastgate Street and Westgate Street, finishing off in Lower Quay Street, with a crowd of thousands lining the route.

Amelia O'Loughlin, 13, one of the Ambitions dancers, said: "It was a great day. It was quite hard to make the outfit and took a while to collect all the materials. I have used a lot of crisp packets on my skirt. The other groups performed really well too."

Megan Darkes, 13, another dancer, said: "I really enjoyed dancing in front of everyone. I have been dancing for about three and half years so I was a little nervous but I am sort of used to it now."

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  • moremiles  |  July 29 2013, 10:22PM


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  • Willow_Wisp  |  July 29 2013, 6:38PM

    It was on a scale that I have rarely seen outside a tiny Cotswold village...I just don't get it! Hopefully the kids had a good time, and I'm sure it was a valuable flag-waving event for some....but it was just preposterously underdone...quite sad, really. ...oh - and in future, can we PLEASE not have the token religious group at the back, practically ramming propaganda anti-evolution material down our throats (one "Gentleman" would not leave me alone until I literally put my hand in front of his face to shut him up)....there are thousands of children there - it is not the time or the place. I can't stress how offensive it is.

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  • Just_a_local  |  July 29 2013, 6:37PM

    What a poor excuse for a carnival procession! Well done to everyone who put themselves out to participate, but it proved once again that events in Gloucester are usually poorly organised if either private enterprise or Gloucester Quays are not involved. We watched whilst stood next to a couple from Yorkshire who happened to be visiting Gloucestershire. They joked that their tiny village of 400 people puts on a better annual spectacle than would they'd just seen. It really was awful. Let's hope that we see an much improved version next year.

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  • courtmarion  |  July 29 2013, 6:22PM

    What a waste of valuable time.

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  • piranha123  |  July 29 2013, 3:27PM

    here ,here,Zander 69 it was terrible.

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  • zander69  |  July 29 2013, 2:53PM

    What a total mess the entire carnival was, I was present all day as I was helping on one of the floats. To start with the council website had virtualy no information at all and what was on there was incorrect it certainly did not finish back at the park. Hundreds of children stood around waiting for the off at 3pm watching the skies for the predicted storm, but instead of getting everyone started another wait of 30 minutes with no information. As for the procession its self well if the council wanted to kill it off I would say they managed with only a handful of floats and everyone else on foot no bands nothing. I really hope all of the kids that entered or watched enjoyed the day, talking to people in the street no one had a good word to say for it it is no longer a carnival day its all about the fair and money..

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