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Harpenden Carnival raises £10,000

The whole of Harpenden (plus the sun!) came out to celebrate the 50th Harpenden Carnival which was held on Saturday 6th June. 

Over 7000 people basked in the sunshine and were treated to everything from an old fashioned travelling show to all the fun of the fair. 

For the first time ever, the carnival was jointly organised by Harpenden Round Table and Harpenden Town Council. 

Three years ago the carnival switched its focus from solely being a day to raise money to a real community day and the change seems to have worked with so many people enjoying the day. 

In a first for the carnival, entry became free but this did not stop kind residents putting their hands in their pockets and the Table have now revealed that the day has raised £10,000 for charity and local groups. 

One of the biggest highlights was the return of the procession.  Led by Mayor Brian Ellis the town was treated to floats, a marching steel drum band and New Orleans style feather dressed dancers.  It was, to say the least, spectacular.  Councillor Brian Ellis, Town Mayor “The Carnival went extremely well and I have never seen so many people on the High Street for the parade.  It was nice to see so many families enjoying themselves on the Common in the warm, sunny weather.”  

 

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