Your guide to Margate Carnival 2018

Margate Carnival Photo Phil Bay

Samba bands, floats, youth organisations, dancers and a host of weird and wonderful costumes will once again feature in Margate’s carnival parade.

Mahogany Creative Arts and the Great British Carnival will join local groups and organisations for the parade on Sunday, August 5.

Photo Frank Leppard

Last year crowds packed the route to see the event led by David Sanger of Sangers Stage Show, which made the 200-mile pilgrimage from Stonehenge to join the event.

This year a record 115 applications were made to take part this year.

An event spokesman said: “The parade will consist of Mahogany Creative Arts, Great British Carnival and Samba Bands as well as local floats and organisations. We will have visitors from all over Kent and the South East in the parade. “

When and where

Photo Phil Bay

The parade starts at 2.30pm on Sunday, August 5.

It sets off from Palm Bay Avenue, travelling along the Esplanade past Bugsy’s Bowling, The Lido, The Winter Gardens and onto Fort Hill, past Margate Police Station and through The  Piazza and Margate Soul Festival, towards the train station and onto the Royal Esplanade, Westbrook.

Margate Carnival  prize categories

Photo Thanet from my perspective

Most creative design – Float
Best decorated vehicle/float
Best costume
Loudest float
Majorettes (Performance, costumes and presentation)
Dance school (Performance, costumes, floats and presentation)
Best costume

All categories have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd and will be awarded at 2:20pm before the carnival sets off.

Find the Margate Carnival facebook page here


      • I did the guide to Ramsgate Carnival already, and Ramsgate Festival of Sound and Ramsgate Summer Parade, so you’re right, it’s not all about Margate (I live in Ramsgate by the way)

  1. Barry is a Margate councillor
    Maybe have a word with one of the councillor’s from Ramsgate about sponsoring an event

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