charivari Day 11th July 2015

11 July 2015

Make a date this weekend with Strange Cargo’s spectacular and colourful Charivari Day carnival. If you are on the streets of Folkestone on 11th July and you hear the sound of distant drumming, then it means that Charivari Day is heading your way. The 2015 carnival parade, entitled World Festivals, is a celebration of community festival processions from around the globe. Strange Cargo’s trained carnival artist teams will be working across the district to create the six themed sections that will capture the vibrancy of traditional international festivals, including the beautiful Japanese Blossom Festival, the European Bulgarian Kukeri, Italian carnival, African carnival, Rio carnival and the Mexican Day of the Dead. In total 27 schools from across the district will be taking part in the carnival on the Saturday 11th July, alongside community groups and public workshop participants. The parade of costumes, dancers and boisterous drumming bands will be setting off at 2pm from The Stade at Folkestone’s fishmarket, before heading up the Old High Street, through Sandgate Road precinct before joining The Leas at West Terrace and heading to the finale point at The Leas Bandstand. Following the parade there will be an afternoon of music playing at the bandstand with the amazing line-up including the internationally renown Dhol Foundation drummers, the fab A-Tees regaling the crowd with those fav 80's tunes and the charismatic jazz reggae quartet Hey Maggie. The event can only happen because of generous support from our funders. Our thanks go to Arts Council England, Shepway District Council, Folkestone Town Council, The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust and Creative Foundation.

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