Town is all set for Carnival

Performers take part in the parade at last year's Whitley Bay Carnival. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

Performers take part in the parade at last year's Whitley Bay Carnival. Picture by Alex Alevroyiannis.

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Thousands of people are expected to descend on Whitley Bay for the town’s annual Carnival.

After months of preparation the popular event will take place on Saturday.

Hundreds of people will take part in the parade – from Whitley Bay Metro Station to the Spanish City Plaza – and more expected to line the streets.

The circus-inspired parade will comprise brass players, drummers and members of local choirs who will be debuting what is hoped will become the town’s carnival song – Lovely Day in Whitley Bay.

Hundreds of school children and community group members dressed in lavish carnival costumes which they have all helped to make will take part in the parade, which will set off at 10am and arrive at the Plaza at noon.

The full day of live music, street theatre, circus shows and workshops will be free to watch until 6pm when the first Community Carnival Ball will start.

This ticketed event aimed at families with dressing up, makeup artists and circus high jinks will culminate in a knees-up with the Backyard Rhythm Orchestra.

A full programme schedule will be available from the carnival information stand on the day.

The programme of events at the Spanish City Plaza is:-

10am: North Tyneside Steel Band

11am: Whitley Women

11.30am: Mouths of the Tyne

12.30pm: Bay Uke

12.30pm: Suspended Cymatics from Glassonic & Hang

1pm: Meze Mundo

1.30pm: Northern Monkey Brass Band

1pm and 3.30pm: Circus Central Because We Love It

1.50pm and 2.20pm: On Board Arts presents DOGS? – walk about street entertainers

2.30pm: Überloon

2.15pm and 4.45pm: Les Enfants Terribles – The Fantastic Flying Exploratory Laboratory. Incudes music, giant puppets, aerial skills and circus comedy

3.10pm: One Face Duo – Circus skills

3.30pm: Drumdin

1.45pm and 4.25pm: Circus skills workshops

4pm: Salida

5pm: The Caffreys

5.30pm: The Circus Olympics

Mee Mee Theatre’s brand new carnival creation Mr Bonfoozles will be appearing throughout the day.

As well as the street entertainment, the open air circus ring and music stage, there will be more street food, craft stalls, craft ales and Carnival Bay punch from Cumberland Arms, and a fairground.

This year’s event, produced by Carol Alevroyianni, has been backed by Whitley Bay Big Local and The National Lottery through Arts Council England as well as a number of local businesses.