Llanelli’s Christmas carnival is set to go off with a big bang this year with 15 floats already confirmed.
Pentip School, KITE, RNLI and vintage tractors will be taking part in the procession on Friday, November 23.
Around 20,000 people are expected to line the streets as the town celebrates its biggest night of the year with traditional floats, spectacular fireworks display, funfair, live music and a host of entertainment.
This year the stage will be located in front of the Town Hall and with S4C Heno’s Mari Grug presenting.
The X Factor’s Jasmine, John Baker, Luke Rees, Cor Lleisiau’r Llan and Grwp Gwerin Mansant will entertain the crowds. Strolling walkabout street theatre show Winter Sprites will also be joining in the entertainment.
Road closures will be in place from 5.45 until 8pm. Designated wheelchair spaces will be located near Llanelli Library.
It is organised by Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Rural Council, Llanelli Town Council and Llanelli Round Table. Dwr Cymru will also be supporting the procession, which is one of the biggest in Wales.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “Llanelli Christmas carnival has a reputation for being one of the best in Wales and signals the start of the festive period. The event gets bigger and bigger year on year and attracts people from across Carmarthenshire and beyond. Hopefully the weather will be on our side and that as many people as possible will come out and join in the fun.”
Andrew Roberts, Capital Delivery Programme Manager for Welsh Water said: “We’re proud to be supporting Llanelli Christmas Carnival again this year after a great festive event last year. As Carmarthenshire’s largest annual event, we are looking forward to working with all who are involved in the organisation to make this year’s event even bigger than the last. Our RainScape team will be adding to the Christmas cheer at the event and will be on hand to answer any questions about our ongoing work in Llanelli.
Local businesses and community groups interested in taking part in the carnival procession please email Roger at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him on 07940 115864
9am Llanelli Outdoor Market situated on Stepney Street
10am Take part in the Christmas treasure hunt at Llanelli Library
12pm Cowell Street closed for fun fair rides
4pm Big, small and scary fun fair rides open with lots of side stalls plus selection of hot/cold refreshments (supported by South Wales Showman’s Guild)
Street entertainment (various locations)
5.30pm Live entertainment and music begins including Jasmine from the X Factor and local acts John Baker, Luke Rees, Cor Lleisiau’r Cwm and Grwp Gwerin Mansant with compere Mari Grug (main stage – Llanelli town Hall)
5.45pm Road closures in place for Church Street and side streets
6.15pm Carnival parade leaves Festival Fields, Sandy Road*
6.40pm Presentation to Christmas lights design winners (Main Stage)
Kindly supported by Llanelli Chamber of Trade and Llanelli BID
6.45pm The big Christmas lights switch-on by the, the Chair of Llanelli Rural Council, Mayor of Llanelli Town Council and the Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council
7pm Arrival of carnival parade in Town Hall area*
Kindly organised by Llanelli Round Table
7.40pm Spectacular Firework Display commences** (Town Hall Gardens)
8pm Outdoor market closes for the evening
8.15pm Carnival parade prize presentation (Main Stage)
9pm Fun fair closes
Murray Street Multi Storey Car Park (524 spaces)
Church Street Car Park (73 spaces)
Thomas Street/Edgar Car Park (83 spaces)
Vauxhall Car Park (21 spaces)
East Gate Car Park (189 spaces)
*Please note all times and activities are subject to change. Road closures will start to take effect from 12noon, effecting town centre to traffic until around 8pm.
** Timings subject to change due to Carnival Parade
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