The procession of Bath Carnival is a superb spectacle and well worth timing a trip to Bath for. Carnivals are very well loved in the South West region, and this is one of the best! This year's carnival was full of vibrant and wonderful groups. There were Samba bands, Irish dancers, Latin dance groups, a burlesque troupe and even Emergency Service dancers promoting LGBTQ rights. It was a kaleidoscope of colour and culture!
The procession route takes in many of the most impressive streets and buildings of Bath. Winding through the Georgian splendour of the city, the procession does involve road closures, so it would be wise to visit on foot during the day. The staff and volunteer helpers at the carnival are always friendly and helpful, and direct people towards the route itself. There are ample opportunities to watch the participants along the route.
With several samba and drum bands taking part every year, the procession is also full of music as well as dance. The drumbeats are infectious, and even the crowd feel a part of the festivities. A real highlight this year were the Fire and Police Emergency Services participants, who proudly displayed LGBTQ equality messages and slogans on their vehicles.
The procession is just a part of Bath Carnival, which offers everything from free open-air concerts to dance and music workshops throughout the city. Firm favourites of this year were the 'Flaming Feathers' showgirls Burlesque troupe, who were out in fierce force. With such a variety of groups and styles represented, the carnival is not to be missed!