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Carnival of the Lights

Carnival of the Lights – Thursday October 24, Blackpool Promenade - 6pm from Central Pier

Back by popular demand, the Carnival of the Lights is a unique illuminated tram parade showcasing Blackpool’s rich heritage with a fleet of illuminated trams travelling in convoy along Blackpool Promenade.The parade presents a unique opportunity to witness Blackpool’s historic collection of illuminated tramcars featuring a battleship, trawler and Great Western train.  Setting off from Blackpool Pleasure Beach, tickets will shortly be on sale Tourist Information Centre to ride the historic trams.  Arriving at Central Pier you will be joined by the East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network featuring a troupe of fabulously costumed, illuminated revellers! 

Illuminated Carnival puppets will also be joining the parade adding a wow factor and showcasing content never seen before by audiences in Blackpool.

The Glowing Gastropods;  two giant, illuminated,racing snails will hit the streets jockeyed by professional snail riders. Mounted with their own internal PA’s they will blast out party tunes for our other puppet friends to dance along to, interacting with audiences as they go.

Kantaben is a beautiful and playful illuminated Roller Bird. Clad in Indian fabrics and flapping her beautiful silk wings, watch in wonder as she soars and swoops high over the heads of the crowds, looking for new friends to make.

Oxumaré (oh-shoo-mar-ay) is an elegant, shimmering being and all the colours of the rainbow. Oxumaré will captivate audiences as well as representing and paying homage to our ancient African ancestors

The Tram Parade leaves The Pleasure Beach at 5.45pm, arriving at Central Pier at approximately 6pm to be joined by the entertainment procession. Proceeding to the Tower, a celebratory special carnival performance will be performed at the comedy carpet.

All trams are now SOLD-OUT. You can view the procession from the Promenade.