Tadcaster Carnival is the highlight in the town’s events calendar. During the Queens jubilee, the Carnival returned for what was supposed to be a one off year, but down to the huge success of the event, it has remained a very big part of the towns events calendar since then.
The day usually begins with a parade made up of local schools, groups, charities and businesses in the town. There is a different theme each year, and best in show wins a trophy and a cash prize. Some of our charities are licensed to collect on the route and can raise great sums of money to go towards their group or project. For example the local Scout group raised enough money to replace their camping equipment.
The parade ends at the Carnival grounds where we have a selection of stalls from local groups and charities, food stalls, fairground and a stage which allows us to showcase local groups and musicians in the area. The evening event showcases more local bands and ends with a large firework display. Over the past few years our footfall has been around 5000. In a town of only 7000 this is pretty great for us!
The carnival is run entirely by a group of volunteers on a non profit basis, any excess funds left after the event are donated towards local groups and charities. Its hard to describe what a huge impact this event has on the town, but the positivity and community spirit lasts for a long time after the event.
See the latest info on the Carnival Facebook page