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Arbury Carnival to bring colour and music to Cambridge


By Gemma Gardner


Arbury Carnival 2017, Arbury Town Park, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell
Arbury Carnival 2017, Arbury Town Park, Cambridge . Picture: Keith Heppell

Arbury Carnival will bring a sea of colour to the city on Saturday (June 9) with its annual celebration and procession.

The procession marks the start of the carnival, which this year is based around the theme of ‘Blue Planet’.

The procession starts at Armitage Way at midday and finishes in front of the carnival arena on Campkin Road around 12.30pm.

Among the groups taking part in this year’s parade are Fruity Clave Samba Band, Buckleton Belly Dance School, 1st Cambridge Scout Group, local schools and churches.

Following the procession Cambridge mayor Cllr Nigel Gawthrope will officially open the carnival from its arena stage.

He said: said: “The carnival is always a great celebration of community life and an occasion when everyone comes together.

“It is a great honour to be opening this year’s carnival, and I look forward to seeing people from the local area and from across the city for a day of fun and entertainment.” Within the carnival arena there will be fairground rides, live entertainment, a children’s area, more than 90 product and food stalls, plus evening entertainment from a local group with the Arbury Carnival Pop in the Park.

The carnival is supported by Kettle’s Yard gallery, who work with local schools on art projects.

Arbury Carnival is an annual celebration held on Campkin Road on the second Saturday of June. It was first held as a small local event in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee and has carried on getting bigger and better with each year.

The carnival now draws between 3,000 and 5,000 visitors. It is organised each year by the Arbury Carnival committee, primarily run by a group of volunteers.

The 2018 Arbury Carnival arena programme:

1.10pm: Kings Hedges Choir

1.25pm: Cambridge Cobras Cheerleading Academy

1.55pm: Fruity Clave Samba Band

2.15pm: Soham Fenlander Majorettes

2.30pm: Cambridge African Community Group

2.40pm: The Grove Primary School and The North Cambridge Academy

3.10pm: Stardust Dance Academy

3.30pm: Cambridge Gymnastics Academy

4pm: Buckleton Belly Dance School

4.30pm-5pm: Anna Carter (Singer-Songwriter and Producer)

7.30pm-10pm: The evening will be hosted by Jezo and his team. and there will be live music entertainment from The Cassettes.



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