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Carnival Report 2004

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Carnival Report 2004


On behalf of the Reading Community Carnival Committee, I would like to thank all our sponsors and visitors for helping to make this years’ carnival one of the most successful yet. Thanks to the dedication, commitment and hard work of a very small band of people we were able to stage yet another enjoyable carnival.

The day was challenging, trying to juggle radio and press interviews, stall holders, security issues, performers and the procession, however it all came together, and a wonderful time was had by all.

The number of visitors was up from last year, thanks in part to the magnificent weather on the day.

Our aim this year was to open up the event to as wide an audience as possible. One of the most prominent features of the Reading Community Carnival is its appeal to children and families, and our objective was to create as safe an environment as possible, with a wide range of activities and facilities.
The other is the diverse range of cultures involved, reflecting and celebrating the multicultural nature of the population of Reading itself. The park was filled with the smell of BBQ’s, funfairs, a children’s animal petting area, face painting, craft stalls, drinks and information tents and generally the sound of people having an enjoyable time.

This years’ procession was colourful and vibrate and was enjoyed by onlookers as the floats moved their way along the route. Thanks to all the associations, groups and community organisations and who took part in the procession, and for helping Reading to keep this cultural side of carnival alive. I know you all had a brilliant time, as the procession took twice as long to come in!

The artiste on the stage again wowed us with their performances, all giving up their free time to do so. We all sincerely appreciate you taking time to come along to entertain us, and the feedback is that all the performances were warmly received.

The list of people to thank grows each year, and if I have missed anyone, please accept this as a personal thank-you to all involved.

If you have any further suggestions, or feel that you will be able to contribute in helping us to stage or sponsor this event, please feel free to contact us.

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