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Seaton Carnival 2012.

Carnival week starts on the August Bank holiday weekend

Seaton’s 2012 Illuminated Carnival.

Seaton’s 2012 Illuminated Carnival Procession.  Seaton’s 2012 Carnival week started on Friday 24th August with a week packed with events both in the Town centre and on the Esplanade. The Grand Illuninated Carnival Procession took place on Saturday 1st September.

Despite a small drop in entries, there was a enthusiastic crowd of spectators who lined the Carnival procession route for the 2012 Seaton Carnival Procession.

Although there were 38 entries in the procession this year compared with 41 last year the Seaton Carnival Committee organisers said the entries were of a higher standard and there were more spectators than last year.

Carnival Week began on the 24th with a open shore Fishing competition. A Carnival Fun Day and Bingo evening on the 25th. Classic Vehicle Show and the Crowning of the Carnival Queen on the 26th. Carnival Street Fair and Busking competition on the 27th followed by a week of events leading up to the Carnival procession on the 1st September.

The main beneficiary of the 2012 Seaton Carnival will be the Seaton First Responders.

Previous Years Carnivals.

Previous Years Carnivals.

More about Guy Fawkes Carnivals & Illuminated Carnivals

Seaton’s annual Illuminated Carnival takes place on the first Saturday after the late summer August Bank Holiday Monday.

Carnival week starts on the August Bank holiday weekend with the crowning of the Carnival Queen. A week of events, shows and activities add to the Carnival fun.

Saturday evening sees the town centre streets closed off. Crowds of spectators pick their spot along the route of the Carnival procession. As the parade of floats, some illuminated with thousands of light bulbs passes by.

As well as the spectacular floats there are costumed walking entries. Many of whom are also lit up with lights attached to their costume. Troupes of Majorettes, smaller floats, street bands, Motorcycle outriders and local clubs and organisations.

Floats include both music and costumed people to complete their theme. People and items on the cart can either be moving or static in tableau.

Today these carts are driven by farm tractors, and usually also tow a large diesel-driven electricity generator. This provides the huge amount of power required to power the carts. Some generators used can provide over one megawatt of power, with 10,000 to 30,000 lamps not uncommon.

The tractors themselves are often decorated to match the rest of the cart and generator. In some cases they are modified so that the driver is positioned low down between the two front wheels. This allows for a higher degree of decoration without obscuring the driver’s view. The length of the entire cart is often built to the maximum allowable of 100 feet (30 m).

These floats are interspersed with walking exhibits. Groups or individuals, marching bands, majorette troupes, and charity collectors who take donations from the spectators.

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