FEATURE: 2014 promises to be best Diss Carnival yet

Norwich Samba will be appearing at the Diss Carnival 2014 ANL-140430-124041001
Norwich Samba will be appearing at the Diss Carnival 2014 ANL-140430-124041001

Diss Carnival Sunday is upon us, with organisers confident that this year’s could be one the best yet.

Raising the bar for 2014 is the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team, who will be dropping in on the Carnival funday at Diss Town Football Club at about 1.30pm.

Held at the Brewers Green Lane ground, the funday starts at noon.

The procession is starting at 11.30am, earlier than in previous years, to help accommodate the parachute jump. LK’s School of Dance e will entertain in Market Place beforehand.

With the theme Diss Through the Ages, people entering floats are being encouraged to look at some key moments in the history of the area.

The parade makes its way through the heart of Diss and people are invited to pick a good spot and enjoy the colourful floats as they go past. It may even be an opportunity to discover some of the wide array of clubs, organisations and businesses in the town.

A new addition to this year’s parade is the Norwich Samba Band. Channelling the spirit of the true Carnival atmosphere of Rio, the rhythmic drumming and colourful dancers will be sure get the crowd in a good mood.

The Urban Allstars Majorettes based in Roydon will be adding pizazz to the procession.

There will also be various walking groups, music, the mayor of Diss, and the Carnival Queen in the parade.

The funday is a chance for the whole family to have a good time.

A key event, and particularly poignant in the anniversary years of the First World War and the D-Day landings is a flypast by an RAF Spitfire.

There are so many activities for children of all ages, from entertainment and face painting, through to the more adventurous climbing wall and bungee trampolines - giving youngsters a view of the Carnival rivalled only by the RAF Falcons themselves!

There will be various stalls with games, and the popular craft tent returns this year.

If animals is your thing then Phoenix Bird Rescue will be demonstrating their work and craft fans can see woodturning in action.

There’s no need to worry about lunch. A whole range of food from sweet to savoury, meat to vegetarian will be on offer from various outlets. including a barbecue. Ice creams, treats, and a range of drinks will not be in short supply.

Entrance to the funday will be £3.50 this year with U16’s free if accompanied by an adult.

No dogs allowed except guidance dogs.

Drivers are reminded that there will be a rolling road closure for the duration of the procession.

Carnival morning this year features the Bomber Ride, a cycle around some of Norfolk’s old airfields. It starts and ends in Diss, and features a 110km and 50km cycle ride. For more information on the ride, visit http://www.revolutionevents.co/the-bomber-ride

Timings are subject to change. Visit www.diss-carnival.co.uk for information.