This time of the year in our part of the South West of England is Carnival time and it has become known worldwide now. The first carnival of the 2010 circuit took place last night in the town of Bridgwater. Over 100 carnival clubs take part and the carts they design and build vary in dimension, theme and success. They can be up to 100 feet in length, 16 feet high and 11 feet wide. They are all illuminated, some of the larger carts using up to 30,000 separate lights. Seeing them approaching out of the dark night is quite a sight to behold. The carnival will come to our town on Monday and from tomorrow the carts will begin arriving and taking their place ready for the procession. At about 7 pm on Monday the music will begin and fill the night air. Husband and I will stroll up the road to see that procession which will begin at 7.30 pm and will last for about 2 hours. You can read more about the carnival here.
This picture of one of last year's carts was taken from a website and is not my photo. Click on the image for more detail
Tomorrow, Sunday, in the early evening at about 7 pm, there will be a firework display, on the beach, which is now a part of the carnival celebrations. We have friends coming to lunch so hope they will be able to stay and watch the display from our windows. Last year, our first year in this apartment, we were unable to see it as I was going to Australia and husband took me to the airport - 2 hours drive away, so this year it will be the first time we have had such a grandstand view.
The other side
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