15.08.2016 - Samba fever from Rio to Huntingdon
After a failed attempt to revive in 2015, Huntingdon Carnival, the formally annual event, returned after 14 years with a bang. In excess of 3,000 local residents descended on the town’s streets and Riverside Park to bring the festivities that are currently being enjoyed overseas at the Rio Olympics to Huntingdon.
There was the traditional parade from the town centre to Riverside Park, where a series of arena attractions took place during the afternoon, including a dog show, dancers, boat rides on the river and more, as well as stalls run by everyone from food vendors to local charities. While children could enjoy themselves on fairground rides and bouncy castles, to name just a few of the attractions available.
The new-look event was expanded over two days to include a Live in the Park music concert on the Sunday, featuring a number of local acts.
Huntingdon's deputy mayor Cllr Jay Dyne said: "There were lots of people in attendance - the whole event seemed to go really well. The highlight for me was just seeing the community come together and have a thoroughly good time."
The resident-run carnival is entirely independent, relying on funds from an array supporting parties. One of which was local construction business, Mick George Ltd who provided numerous complimentary Skips, Bins and waste management services to take care of the inevitable clear up process required after such events.
Preparations are already being made for next year’s event with location on the agenda given the capacity turnout this time around.
Jon Stump, Finance Director at Mick George Ltd said: ‘’Although we only physically located our Head Office premises in Huntingdon a year ago, the region has and will always remain critical to our success. We have built some wonderful relationships with the local community and are always keen to give a little something back. You could see just how much everyone enjoyed the occasion, emphasising its value and worth.’’