Everything you need to know about Felixstowe Carnival this weekend
PUBLISHED: 14:58 23 July 2019 | UPDATED: 14:58 23 July 2019
© Stephen Waller
Carnival revellers will be turning back the clock – as they celebrate the last century at the town’s biggest annual event.
Decades of the 20th Century is the theme for the big parade, providing plenty of scope to inspire groups, organisations and businesses decorating their floats.
It's fingers crossed for better weather, too, after last year's rainstorm wreaked havoc.
The event gets under way on Friday, July 26, at the beachside events arena in Sea Road with the third annual Felixstowe Carnival Proms Night from 7pm to 10pm.
The Essential Sounds Big Band's 22 musicians and vocalists will be performing music from throughout the last century, concluding with a Last Night of the Proms theme, and will be joined on staged by Chocks Away for Dancing showing off a variety of dance styles.
The procession takes place on Saturday, gathering in Colneis Road and setting off at 1pm - Carnival Queen Fi and her princesses Ruby, 12, Chloe, 13, Elle, 12, and Tiffiny, 11, leading the colourful cavalcade as it winds its way through the town centre and down to the seafront.
The floats, majorettes, fancy dress characters, majorettes and bands - including the Suffolk Samba Band and the Britannia Pipe Band - will go down Beatrice Avenue, Hamilton Road, turning into Orwell Road and then down Garrison Lane, along Undercliff Road West to the leisure centre and then all the way along Sea Road.
Entertainment for the weekend will be held in the area either side of the pier and will include the funfair full of rides and sideshows, plus the main stage for the music, a craft fair, and family entertainment area.
Saturday's music line-up will include local teenage singing sensation Roma, country singer Paul Fosker, four-piece party act Chart Attack, the ever popular Bouncing Off Concrete playing hard rock and pop classics, with Britpop tribute band the Counterfeit Brits the headline act.
Then on Sunday on stage will be an assortment of performers including Suffolk choir the Pop Chorus, Hurricane Alley, who play a wide range of covers across a variety of genres, rock 'n' roll/rockabilly band Shane and the Korrados, southern rock and blues band The Haiden Grigor Band, 70s Glamrock band All Glammed Up, with top-of-the-bill Ska'd 4 Life, six-piece Ipswich-based band playing music including Specials, Madness and Bad Manners.
The carnival ends with fireworks from the pier at 10pm on Sunday.
Carnival chairman Julie Bellamy thanked the volunteers who put on the carnival and the businesses and supporters who donate and sponsor the event to help with the running costs.
She appealed to people attending to give generously.
She said: "Financially, this year has been particularly difficult to raise funds and after the inclement weather last year, we have really struggled to get the money we need to put on the carnival this year.
"I cannot emphasise enough that as much as we love all the pennies and tuppences you save all year to put in the buckets on the procession route, if everyone watching can put in a few extra pounds we can continue to offer everything we do."
Mayor Nick Barber reinforced the chairman's comments - and stressed the carnival was not run or funded by the council. He said: "Like most organisations recently, things are not as easy to keep ticking over, this couple with being very unlucky with the weather in recent years, they need your help with volunteers but most importantly with your donations.
"It is a fantastic advert for our town and resort and gives a real boost to the local economy, attracting thousands of visitors over the weekend."
Friday, July 26
Felixstowe Carnival Proms Night, 7pm to 10pm.
Saturday, July 27
Noon - Serena Grant
12.45pm - Paul Fosker
13.45pm - Roma
3.15pm - Chart Attack
4.30pm - Britannia Pipe Band
4.45pm - Suffolk Samba Band
5.05pm - Connie Lamb
6.30pm - Bouncing Off Concrete
8.15pm - Counterfeit Brits
Sunday, July 28
12.15pm - Pop Chorus
1.15pm - Anna Carter
2pm - Haiden Grigor Band
3.15pm - Shane and the Korrados
4.45pm - Hurricane Alley
6.15pm - All Glammed Up
8pm - Ska'd 4 Life