Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68The Somerset Carnivals are highly regarded as the largest illuminated processions in the world. The processions of illuminated floats are part of an ancient tradition, which stretches back as far as the 1600’s when many parts of Somerset commemorated the Gunpowder plot. They truly are unique to the West Country and they are an attraction that must be seen. The carnival procession runs along the Wessex Grand Prix circuit, on to the South Somerset Federation Carnivals circuit, and ends on the largest Somerset County Guy Fawkes Carnival Association circuit. The Somerset County carnivals are one of the most spectacular events in Somerset today, and Bridgwater carnival regularly attracts crowds of 150,000 people. The floats are driven by farm tractors, and usually tow a large generator to provide the huge amount of power required to light the float. Some generators used can provide over one megawatt of power, with 10,000 to 30,000 lamps not uncommon. The tractors themselves are often decorated to match the rest of the float and generator. The floats are often interspersed with walking exhibits, either groups or singles, occasional marching bands or majorette troupes, and charity collectors who take donations from the spectators. Some of the acts and costumes of these performers can be just as impressive as the floats Carnivals run through September, October and November every year, for the dates and venues visit www. somersetcarnivals.co.uk. So, pick a date, wrap up warm, put plenty of pennies in your pocket for the charity buckets and go and have a fun night. 32