ORGANISERS of this year’s Rowner Carnival say it will be the loudest yet.
The annual parade will travel around the Gosport estate with plenty of noise and colour after organisers chose music and dance as the main theme.
Bands and dance groups will take part in the family fun day, held at the Siskin School campus in Nimrod Drive.
Debbie De La Haye, who helps organise the event, said: ‘This year’s carnival is going to wake up Rowner with lots of colour, music and dance.
‘I’m very excited. It’s been a lot of hard work but I’m looking forward to it.
‘We have got so much colour and so much noise this year because our theme is music and dance.
‘People have really taken that on board and are doing so many different things.
‘I’m really looking forward to seeing the kids enjoy themselves.
‘I love to see their smiling faces.
‘One of the things I’m looking forward to the most is a performance by Siskin School.
‘They will be singing a song they sing in their morning assemblies at school to wake themselves up and I absolutely love it.’
The carnival committee has worked hard to introduce new performers and groups to the event this year.
They have arranged for performances by local church groups, zumba dancers and majorettes.
Hundreds of people will be marching around the estate as part of the parade, which includes 13 different groups and performances.
The procession will be started by Gosport mayor, Councillor Chris Carter, at midday.
Debbie added: ‘We made the procession a little shorter this year because people of all ages take part and some felt it was too long before.’
SATURDAY’S carnival procession will follow a shorter route than previous years.
The parade will leave Siskin School campus in Nimrod Drive at around 12pm.
Two motorbike riders will lead the parade through Grange Lane and Cornwell Close. The procession will use pathways to reach Lanyard Drive, Howe Road, Rambler Drive and then Mandarin Way.
The procession will return to the field at Siskin School at around 1pm.
Around 400 people are expected to take part.