Crowds of thousands are expected to swamp the Promenade this Sunday for the return of Morecambe Carnival.
A fabulous parade, live music show and all kinds of family activities are all on the bill including headline pop acts The Loveable Rogues and X Factor stars Kingsland Road.
Part of the Viva Morecambe weekend, the Morecambe Carnival parade starts at 2pm and will run from Morecambe Yacht Club to The Battery, before turning around and finishing near where The Dome used to be.
Leading the way in the carnival procession will be Michael Glen, a local Master of Ceremonies, who will be Town Crier for the day.
Michael will be followed by Mick Gorry and his horse drawn carriage, carrying the Carnival King and Queen elect. They will be chaperoned by Alice Taylor, one of the very last Carnival ‘Rosebuds’ in the 1990s.
Taking part in the Carnival parade will be:
Morecambe Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society, The Little Shop of Hobbies, The Festival Market Traders, Morecambe Brass Bands, Scale Hall Nursery, Morecambe & Heysham Yacht Club, The Trimpell Club, Nat West Bank, Tracey Austin’s Dance Factory, Fancy That, Go Burrito, Poco Loco Blackpool School of Samba, Busy Bees nursery, Boots, The Boys’ Brigade, 33rd Lancaster Sea Scouts, 3-1-5 3-1-5 Health Club, Total Tots, CJ’s Diner, The Queen’s Hotel, Bay Vets, Batala community samba reggae drumming band, The Arndale Centre, The League of Splendid, Bay Cat Rescue, the Royal Naval Association, Submariners Association & Merchant Navy Association, Wolfwood, Heysham High School, Help for Heroes, Animal Care, NRG Dance School, 11th Morecambe & Heysham Scouts, Morecambe Bay Foodbank, West End Impact, Salt Ayre Sports Centre, Castle View Equestrian and the Morecambe Variety Festival.
The Bay stage will be open from noon in a special ‘Festival Arena’ near where The Dome used to be. The Loveable Rogues, who had a Top 10 hit last year with ‘What A Night’, X Factor finalists Kingsland Road lead a line-up of reality show favourites and throwback pop stars performing from noon to 9pm. The boy band, mentored by Gary Barlow on the ITV ‘search for a star’ show last year, headline a packed pop music show.
2011 Britain’s Got Talent winner Jai McDowall, Denise Pearson from 80s chart-toppers Five Star, Liberty X star Kev Simm, ex-X Factor finalists Kitty Brucknell, Laura White, The Risk and MK1, Britain’s Got Talent finalists Gabz, and New Bounce (who came third in 2011), Lancaster’s X Factor star Paul Akister, his fellow X Factor semi-finalist Giles Potter, Mr Zip (infamous for his novelty song ‘Where’s Me Keys, Where’s Me Phone?’), The Only Way is Essex star-turned singer Kirk Norcross are also on the line-up.
Local acts Amy Jo Clough, Fuse (Si Thornton and Martin Fleming from Morecambe rock band The Bottlenecks) and David Hammer will also perform. The stage will be hosted by The Bay radio’s Darren Milby and Danny Matthews.
There will be free entry to the Festival Arena all day.
Family activities will include a ‘City of Bounce’ inflatable play area.
Light rain is forecast for Sunday in Morecambe but carnival staff will have rainproof ponchos on sale for the crowds.
As part of the carnival weekend, Emmerdale soap stars Adam Thomas and Anthony Quinlan will be doing autograph signings at the Festival Market and the Arndale Centre on Saturday, May 3.