Bands line up for Devizes carnival’s parade
3:00pm Thursday 29th August 2013 in Latest News
Devizes Carnival procession is set to be colourful and noisy as local groups and samba bands parade through the town on Saturday.
As in previous years, the organiser Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts (DOCA) has been running costume- making workshops and is predicting a bumper turnout.
Dave Buxton, the carnival’s artistic director, said: “We know there are lots of school groups doing workshops. About 400 people have been attending them so it should be another lovely big parade, perhaps a record number of children and families.
“Some groups have got large contingents of people. At Dauntsey’s Aided Primary School, West Lavington, they have got more than 90 people, while Southbroom Junior School will have their own samba band at the procession.”
DOCA has also been running dance workshops for groups taking part in the procession, led by dance tutor Alan Harding of Swindon-based Nascent Dance.
There will also be silk banners and flags made by people involved in an arts project run by DOCA and Wiltshire Museum and led by artist Ali Pretty.
The procession will have three samba bands performing. The parade will be led by about 30 drummers from the combined Portsmouth and Bristol Batala samba bands, which have played in the procession before.
The other bands are Devizes samba band Oi Sambistas!, Wessex Military Band and, for the first time, the London School of Samba, which is one of the biggest samba bands in the country and will be bringing dancers. They will be at Devizes after performing at Notting Hill Carnival in London on August 26.
Mr Buxton said: “We have been trying for some time to get the London School of Samba at Devizes Carnival. We did some work with their dance tutor last year and formed a relationship with them.”
The procession sets off from The Green at 6pm. Entrants are asked to assemble at 4pm and judging will be at 5pm. Entry forms are on the website www.docadevizes.org.uk or from Devizes Books.
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