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by Tom Fieldhouse (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer, living in Bath with my wife and son. I love my city, and love to live here. I write about Bath a lot, and sometimes about travels in Ireland and France.
Carnival time in Bath
Carnival time!
A hat and a half at the Carnival!

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!

A flamboyantly dressed performer

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.

Unicorn dancer
A unicorn-clad dancer

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.

Proud to serve
Police and Fire equality messages

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!

'The Flaming Feathers' Burlesque troupe.
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Why? Annual celebration, in lovely city surroundings
When: Consult website for 2019 date
Phone: 01225464756
Where: Bath City Centre
Cost: Completely free
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