Carnival Parade


Wells Carnival Procession traditionally comprises individuals and groups featuring floats, fancy-dress plus pull and push-along vehicles.   We’d be delighted if you’d like to join in and it would be wonderful to see some new faces taking part.  Each entry will be judged within their various category (see below for list of classes for judging and how to enter).


Entries for classes 1 – 7 (see below) – To take part in the fancy dress competition please be ready to be called into the main arena from 2pm. One class per entry, please. Each class will be asked to parade in the arena where they will be judged and prizes awarded. You will then be asked to leave the arena so we can continue judging other classes. (Parents may wish to accompany children in the arena).


Entries for classes 8 – 10 (see below) – To enter the Parade in a powered vehicle the float organiser must complete a PARADE RULES ENTRY FORM and should arrive on The Buttlands by 1pm. You will be met by a committee member and given an entry card which will show the class entered. This should be displayed prominently (ideally in the front of the vehicle). Judging will commence at 1.30pm. The parade leaves the Buttlands at 3pm prompt.

Please CONTACT US if you have any queries or would like to enter a particularly large float or group of people.

IMPORTANT – The Parade leaves the Buttlands at 3pm on Carnival Day. Fancy dress participants are welcome to accompany the floats as they travel through the town. However, children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and ALL members of the public, taking part in the parade, are requested to read and follow the guidelines in: SAFETY ON PARADE. Please be aware that participants take part at their own risk.

Please note:No advertising material, edibles, gifts, samples or other objects may be thrown or otherwise ;distributed from any vehicular or elevated float. At the sole discretion of the parade Organiser favours and advertising material may be distributed on foot, providing no risk is thereby incurred by spectators, particularly children, in relation to moving vehicles, machinery or animals.  Wells Carnival Ltd., organises a collection during the parade with proceeds being shared between local charitable groups. Permission is therefore not granted to other groups wishing to make collections.


NB: Classes will be called into the arena for judging from 2pm.

Arena/Pedestrian Classes

1. Individuals 9 years and under
2. Individuals 10 years & above (including adults)
3. Decorated bicycle and rider – adult or child
4. Group – 2 or more children (under 16’s)
5. Group – 2 to 5 people, adults or adults & children (to include pedestrian controlled vehicles)
6. Group – 6 to 9 people, adults or adults and children(to include pedestrian controlled vehicles)
7. Group – 10 or more people, adults or adults and children(to include pedestrian controlled vehicles)

Powered vehicles: – The person in charge of each float must complete an Entry Form and hand to a Carnival Committee member, in the Judging Tent on The Buttlands, when they register their entry for the Parade on Carnival Day.

8. Large group/tableau (minimum 7.5 tonne LGV)
9. Decorated vehicle (including trade vehicles) (mainly adult)
10. Decorated vehicle (including trade vehicles) (mainly children)

Miscellaneous classes:

11. Best decorated building/window*
12. Best dressed shop staff*

* Entrants for Classes 11 and 12 should contact the Maltings Information Centre – 01328 710885 – at least 3 days prior to Carnival Day. Judging will take place on Carnival Day