Seamstresses are making their final adjustments and performers are getting their sequins ready for the long-awaited return of Northampton Carnival this Saturday June 11. This is the first time the carnival will be held in person for 3 years.
And the carnival is set to get even more star-studded with the news that the stars of Britain’s Got Talent, Born to Perform, will have their own float. The Northampton-based dance troupe reached the semi-finals and were bookmakers’ favorites to win.
This Saturday’s event will be the first to be held in person since 2019. The 2020 carnival was canceled due to Covid restrictions and last year’s event was held online.
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Carnival returns to its traditional home at Northampton Racecourse Park in the city centre. This year’s theme is “Summer of Jubilation” to “give hope and opportunity for all to come together”.
The carnival opens at noon, with a chance for visitors to peek around some of the floats or sample some food. The Carnival Parade begins its journey around the town of Northampton at 2pm.
This year’s route takes artists down Kettering Road and St Giles Street before winding up Abington Street and Wellingborough Road. Arrived at Abington Park, the parade turns on Abington Avenue, passes in front of the cricket ground, before returning to the racecourse for 4 pm.
But the celebrations don’t stop there, as the racecourse becomes a festival of color with a carnival, delicious food and plenty of stalls from local businesses. The main stage also hosts a fantastic line-up of artists until 7:30 p.m.
Headlining the stage are Northampton’s oldest reggae band Mystic Crew, one of Northampton’s carnival favorites and legends. The Royal & Derngate Community Choir, Dancehall DJs Beanie G and Ricardo Riwal and street dancers from Studio C also perform.
But about to steal the show, Northampton’s Born to Perform, fresh off Britain’s Got Talent. The dance school specializing in people with special educational needs and disabilities stole the hearts of the nation in the talent show this year.
Their enthusiastic and inspiring story and moves went on to earn a golden buzzer from David Walliams and a standing ovation from the judges in the semi-finals. But, unfortunately, they failed to perform in the final.
The dance troupe will have their own float in the parade, showing their moves to the whole of Northampton. Then they rush to the main stage at the racetrack to perform their semi-final audition and routines around 4 p.m.
The directors of Born to Perform said: “We are delighted to be joining the Northampton Carnival and Parade this weekend! Our students are delighted to have this opportunity to perform and thank the entire Northampton community for all of their support throughout. along our Britain’s Got Talent Journey. We will celebrate with music, dance and pure joy and energy!”
More information about this year’s carnival in Northampton can be found on the Northampton Carnival and Cultural Arts website.
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