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Spirit of Rio comes to the parade

Brazilian samba group Paraiso are taking part in Margate Carnival
Brazilian samba group Paraiso are taking part in Margate Carnival

Margate Carnival will take spectators on a trip to Rio this year, via the Caribbean and Australia.

The annual parade on Sunday will feature performers from the Great British Carnival, a collective of artists from all over the world.

The procession will follow its traditional route starting at Westbrook at 3pm and winding its way along the seafront to Cliftonville.

The parade will be led by the Goldwing Motorcycle Club, with Mayor of Margate, Cllr John Edwards, riding pillion.

They will be followed by the Edna Experience, welcoming “possums”.

Local carnival courts will be taking part, led by Miss Margate, and joined by a growing number of local clubs, businesses, and costumed characters dressed by local arts group Echo.

But it’s some invited guests from outside Thanet who are expected to draw the biggest crowd.

As well as the massive wheelie bin giant Binbot, participants will include leading samba percussion squad Rhythms of the City, innovative float designers Shademakers, award winning arts group Mandinga, 2012 Notting Hill Carnival winners Tropical Isles and the UK’s top Brazilian samba group Paraiso.

The acts come under the banner of the Great British Carnival, and promise to provide free entertainment, dazzling costumes, gigantic floats and a live music truck.

The Great British Carnival is a project that came from the legacy of the London 2012 Festival, part of the Olympics, and is led by Ramsgate-based Artaha Productions. Groups work together and travel the country to showcase the best in carnival art.

Carnival director Mick Tomlinson, who has been involved with the parade since the 1950s, said: “Margate is Kent’s oldest carnival and we have always had a tradition of razzamatazz.

“We have taken floats from Margate to the New Year’s Day parade and the Lord Mayor’s Show, so we are delighted to welcome Great British Carnival to Margate, and we really hope this is the start of a very warm friendship."

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