Aldeburgh Carnival 2019
Once a year Aldeburgh hosts its Carnival, one of Suffolk’s most iconic events. The carnival is thought to have been running since 1892 and has featured in the lives of several generations. It has carried aloft many wonderful Carnival Queens.
The carnival takes place over a weekend with a different focus each day. Monday’s focus being the procession of floats.
As you approached the High Street, you could immediately sense the excitement in the Aldeburgh air! The streets were packed with film fanatics, with ‘films’ being the theme for 2019’s carnival.
The floats consisted of all sorts of genres of films, including a sea of Minions from Despicable Me. As the crowds gathered at the High Street there were vibrant colours from the public, the shops who entered into the carnival spirit, and then the floats!
The crowd consists of holiday makers, and born and bred Suffolk folk, all equally there for the cheer of the carnival. The children were particularly excited by the toffee apples, candy floss and colourful paraphernalia being sold from carts prior to the procession.
With the procession there was a fabulous Samba group that danced in wonderful outfits and encouraged the crowd to get involved as much as possible! The sound of the tambourine filled the streets.
Once the procession begins the excitement peaks, the crowd goes wild for the floats as they strut their stuff up the High Street. Each float is dedicated to a particular charity and members of each float collects donations from the crowd. The mixture of music is quite amazing!
Collecting for Charity
This year, Tim from Best of Suffolk and his family and friends, were on The Alde and Ore Estuary Trust float and helped raise money for the trust. This is nicely linked to the recent flotilla which Best of Suffolk sponsored with the aim of raising money for this worthy charity.
Lantern Procession and Fireworks
As the procession comes to an end, and the smell of fish and chips becomes more delicious, the crowds thin and congregate back on the beach. A little later on there is the magical lights of the Chinese lantern parade to watch. Afterwards, there were spectacular fireworks towards Thorpeness.
Well done to the team of dedicated volunteers who make this event possible. All in all a day to remember!
Aldeburgh Carnival 2020
If you’re looking to be in Aldeburgh for the Carnival weekend 2020, why not book your break today? Secure your choice of accommodation on the dates you want by booking early.