Published:
November 9, 2015
Burnham-On-Sea Carnival excitement grows ahead of tonight's parade

Thousands of people will line the streets of Burnham-On-Sea this evening (Monday) when dozens of colourful illuminated carts take part in the 68th annual Highbridge and Burnham Carnival.

Tonight's procession, which starts at 7.30pm, is forecast to be overcast with mild temperatures of around 14°C and a chance of light rain showers later in the evening.

Many residents and carnival enthusiasts have been getting an early daylight glimpse of the entries in Queens Drive and the Frank Foley Parkway, as pictured here, ahead of the procession and the carts are on show through today.

The route of tonight's parade is unchanged, starting in Love Lane, near the town's Tesco supermarket. The carts will then wend their way along Love Lane, into Manor Road and Victoria Street, before travelling along Burnham High Street and finishing in Marine Drive, as shown on the map.

A number of Carnival day road closures and diversions will be in operation during today's event and visitors are being advised to leave extra time before travelling.

The biggest cheers of the evening from locals tonight are likely to be for Burnham's Hillview Carnival Club with its colourful Christmas-themed cart, It's A Cracker, pictured above. The club - which is the only one to be based in Burnham - has pulled out all the stops to create a super entry this year. Hillview did well at Bridgwater Carnival on Saturday.

Tonight's parade will be led by Burnham's 2015 Carnival Queen Abbi Fear alongside her two carnival Princesses - Scarlet Puddy and Ruby Jane Barton, pictured right.

Burnham's emergency services, including BARB Search & Rescue, the RNLI and the ambulance service, will also be taking part in the procession near the front.

And around 300 volunteers have come forward to help collect charity donations from spectators tonight.

There will also be collection carts throughout the parade, with an appeal being made today for visitors to dig deep and help make it a financial success.

Parking will be available at the car parks in Burnham's Oxford Street, Marine Drive and at Morrisons supermarket. There will also be spaces in some side streets. More details are available in the official programme, on sale at £1.50 in the town.

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Burnham-On-Sea Carnival - full details and guide to Monday's event
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Full guide to the 2015 Burnham-On-Sea Carnival
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