Organisers of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival are calling on local community groups to take part in this year’s carnival parade.

The non-vehicular parade will be part of the Great Yarmouth Arts Festival that takes place between September 22 and 30.

The carnival parade is on Saturday, September 23 and starts at 12pm.

Organisers say a diverse range of groups will have the opportunity to join in and showcase their own traditional and colourful carnival costumes and props.

This year’s parade will start near the seafront in Anchor Gardens and weave its way through the town via Regent Road, Market Place and King Street and finish in St George’s Park.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: Last year's carnival parade Picture: NewsquestLast year's carnival parade Picture: Newsquest (Image: Archant)

To allow the procession to process through the town it will be necessary to temporarily close some roads for up to 15 minutes.

In the park there will be a grand finale where each group/participant will be able to showcase their costumes, dance routine or display for everyone to enjoy.

Music will be provided by Dixie Mix Jazz Band and local radio station Harbour Radio.

Great Yarmouth Mercury: A previous carnival Picture: NewsquestA previous carnival Picture: Newsquest (Image: Archant)

Hugh Sturzaker, festival chairman, said: “We want to help communities across the borough to be part of this vibrant and exciting occasion and to celebrate their involvement.

"We also have many carnival costumes that people can borrow for the day and join us as an individual or as a family.”

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Organisers say costumes would, however, need to be booked before the event.

For more information and entry forms contact Pat Howe by emailing or calling 07757 014154 or Julie Stimpson by emailing or calling 07747 068533

There will also be an extended programme of Great Yarmouth Arts Festival events across the town from September 22 to 30.

For more information on the festival visit