Carnival Celebration Like No Other

A riot of colour, music, carnival rides, art and craftwork, enthralling performances, lip-smacking food and glorious sunshine made for the perfect Sunday for Northern Lights Children’s Charity as it hosted its 30th Anniversary celebration Carnival.

This carnival didn’t need elaborate floats or feathery headdresses to draw the crowds its atmosphere was electric as a 30 Year Anniversary celebration like no other!

The family focused occasion erupted with all the drama of Batala Mersey. Their colourful costumes, mesmerising drum beats, swaying hip moves, twirling beaters and beaming smiles delighted the crowds and created a sound straight out of Brazil!

The unique rhythmic thunder of the drums vibrated all over Parkate as a call to the community and from that moment on visitors continued to flow through the gates all day.

Organisers we’re delighted to welcome close to 5,500 people and as the purpose of the event was to give heartfelt thanks to the community the charity we’re delighted to reach so many people.

Following an official opening from the Mayor of Neston and the crowing of King Andrew and Queen Neave the Carnival buzzed and hummed with activity all afternoon and into the evening. The cricket field was transformed with more than 70 stalls including crafts and mouth-watering snacks and dishes, a vintage caravan photo booth, re-enactment history displays, zorbs, rides, soft play, a cake competition, a raffle, police and fire brigade, human table football and not one but two stages where performers regaled audiences simultaneously with dance and a wide variety of choirs and bands.

It was good to see families, often three generations, taking time out sitting in groups, enjoying the sun and relaxing. Many happy to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy their purchases from stallholders and food vendors. With something for everyone the feedback delighted the organisers and volunteers. ‘When’s the next one?’ was one of the most frequently asked question. The answer is left hanging as the Carnival Committee rejoice in an overwhelmingly successful day. If you would like to know the answer join their contact list at (link to the subscribe page) and be the first to find out!

Thank you to every single person who came and made more magical memories for this wonderful charity.