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Carnival returns to Sheffield after more than two decades

10 August 2017

Back in the 1980s and early 90s, Carnival was an annual attraction in Sheffield, with a spectacular colourful procession wending its way around the city’s streets each September.

And now the tradition is set to be revamped, with Sheffield Carnival coming back with a bang at Norfolk Heritage Park on Monday 28 August, as part of Sheffield Fayre.

Andrea Risden from Sheffield Carnival said: “Many of us remember, from our childhoods, the fun and excitement of the Carnival parade that took place each year as part of the African Caribbean fortnight in Sheffield.

“We’ve been working hard to bring Carnival back to the city, which has included raising the funds to make our vision a reality. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped us smash our crowdfunding target, which means this year’s Carnival can go ahead.

“The event will run as part of Sheffield Fayre and will include children and people from the local community displaying their carnival costumes in the Sheffield Shines parade.

“The Carnival spirit has been missing from Sheffield for more than 20 years and we are so excited to be bringing it back with a free event that is fun for all the family.”

Attractions as part of Sheffield Carnival will include vibrant costumes, a parade, stalls, food, music, performances from local talent, children’s rides, crafts, interactive cultural workshops and more.

Anyone who would like to get involved in making costumes for the carnival can join open workshops, taking place at SADACCA on The Wicker every Saturday until 26 August, between 3pm and 5pm. Workshops will also be held at Weston Park Museum between 1.30pm and 4.30pm on Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 August.

This year’s Sheffield Carnival is part of the wider Sheffield Fayre, now in its 16th year, and being run in conjunction with the National Fairground Archive at the University of Sheffield, as well as the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Sheffield Fayre is a favourite event in the holiday calendar of so many Sheffielders, and I’m glad to see it returning this year.

““I know so many people look forward to showcasing their produce in the Horticulture competitions, seeing the exhibits from the National Fairground Archive, and watching the wide range of live performances.

“This year, as ever, there really is something for all the family, from the ever-popular horticultural show through to fairground rides, a fun dog show, maypole workshops and vintage cars.

“And with Sheffield Carnival as well, adding a colourful and energetic twist to the event, this really is a Sheffield Fayre not to be missed.”

Live attractions at Sheffield are set to include a fun RSPCA fun dog show, classic and vintage cars, bungee trampolines, craft demonstrations, Sheffield Kite Flyers, music and dancing.

Entries are being accepted up until 4pm on Wednesday 23 August for the horticultural show, with classes including photography, flower arranging, honey, cakes, bread, pot plants, Bonsai, vegetables, wine and crafts.

Junior classes include needlecraft, art, photography, baking and the creation of a miniature garden.

Sheffield Fayre is presented and organised by Sheffield City Council in partnership with the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park and The University of Sheffield Fairground Archive.

The event runs from 10.30am until 5.30pm on Monday 28 August and entry is free.