Next Carnival 17th August 2024
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Bude Carnival 2024
What’s it all about?
Bude Carnival dates from 1920 when it was held on Thursday, 2nd December. Events included a Grand Torch-Light Procession, a Grand Masked Confetti Fete, Hourly Concerts by four Jolly Sailor Men and an Exhibition of War Trophies. The grand sum of £34.16s.7d. was collected with Stratton Cottage Hospital being one of the main beneficiaries.
The tradition of a Winter Evening Carnival continued up to 1938 when the 1939 Carnival was postponed due to the outbreak of war. The first Carnival after the war was held on August Bank Holiday 1946 when as well as a Carnival Queen there was also a Carnival King, two pages and seven attendants, quite a turnout!
There has been a Bude Carnival every year since though it is now held on the third Saturday of August. Money collected on the day, after expenses, is donated to local charities and organisations.
Judging starts at 5.30 and the procession leaves at 6.30. During the procession traffic restrictions will operate around the town. Click the following link for the Timetable
How can you take part?
Are you able to help us fund Bude Carnival this year?
Or visit https://gofund.me/72d81ea9
What date is the Carnival on?
The Carnival will take place on Saturday 17th of August, 2024
Would you like to help with the carnival, have a float, join the procession or just find out more information?