THE organisers of Redditch Carnival 2019 are on the lookout for 40 big hearted folk to get into the carnival spirit at a special event in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre this Saturday, September 21.
With the re-born carnival just a week away, the award-winning Leicester Caribbean Dance troupe ‘Xtreme Mas’ are going to be in town, in the unit opposite Clinton Cards.
And they’ll be looking for volunteers to get into the carnival spirit, learn some dance moves and get fitted out with costumes so they can join the parade itself on the big day.
“We’re appealing for 40 people to come on down, have a bit of fun and get kitted out for the carnival,” said Amanda Haden, chair of the carnival committee.
Xtreme Mas will also be putting on a show in Milward Square outside Coffee No1 so visitors can get a flavour of what’s to come on Carnival Day, September 28.
Not only that but throughout the day Redditch Local History Society will be running cine footage of Redditch Carnivals from yesteryear at the unit.
“I remember everyone used to prepare costumes for the carnival – I was in it twice myself as a youngster,” said Amanda.
“And carnival is a big family thing and we really need the people of Redditch to get behind this year’s event.
“What we’ve planned, with the help of Tommy Wilson and his funfair and the Caribbean dancers, is something Redditch has never experienced before – it is going to be truly spectacular.”
Redditch Carnival was last held in the Year 2000 and although this year’s event will be on foot, leaving from Edwards Street car park, hopes are high that if the support is there, the floats will return next year.
“We need to thank Redditch Borough Council for all their support, and it starts this Saturday, opposite Clintons Cards – please come down and be part of it,” said Amanda.
To see Xtreme Mas in action, click https://youtu.be/T5x2Hw2EiN8
For more on the carnival preparations listen to our podcast at https://redditchstandard.co.uk/podcasts/