About the Parade 

We all love to see people creating ideas and setting them out before us in some visual presentation. The Carnival Parade has always offered an ideal opportunity to do this. In 2019 we had about 40 entries / floats, entered by schools, youth and charitable organisations, adult groups and businesses. For 2020 we want to increase this number and will be offering incentives to take part -- watch our Facebook page for more information.

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When and where is the Farnham Carnival Parade? At 6.00 pm on the last Saturday in June ( June 27th in 2020 ) -- the Farnham Carnival Parade leaves the Upper Hart Car Park.  It slowly winds its way around the centre of Farnham before returning to the Hart.  The tail of the parade gets back around 7.30 pm.

Who enters the Farnham Carnival Parade? The answer is simple - Farnham Carnival is for everyone!  We see schools, youth and charitable organisations, clubs, individuals and businesses.  The number of entries is typically around 40/45.  The entries vary enormously; some include 100+ children, some bring along animals, others involve just a few jovial adults.  There is a wide variety of vehicles - classic and vintage cars, buses, trucks, motor cycles, etc. In other words we welcome almost everyone to create a truly diverse and fun parade.

What is the theme for the Farnham Carnival?  For 2020 the chosen theme is "ROARING INTO THE 20's".  We encourage participants to always interpret the theme as widely and as interestingly as they wish.  

Is there an age limit for entering the Farnham Carnival Parade?  We don't think so.  There have certainly been one year olds wheeled along by their parents and a lady well into her 90's who insisted on walking round the full parade route.  Whatever age the key aim is to have great fun.

What does Farnham want to see?  In summary we all love to see the young and not so young people creating ideas and showing off their spectacular visual presentations before large numbers of spectators. The Farnham Carnival Parade always offers an ideal opportunity for anyone to do this. 

Do you hold a collection, and if so what is the Farnham Carnival Parade Collection for? The money collected by the parade participants as they walk around the route is returned to the organisers and after counting, the entire amount collected is returned to the schools, youth groups and charities that have taken part.  So if you are a spectator PLEASE give generously, bring a bag of coins although notes are of course also welcome!  All currencies are accepted but please be as generous as you can afford to be!  

Why should you enter the Farnham Carnival Parade?  The key answer is to have fun. Farnham is a great community which thrives when people get engaged and the Carnival is a great opportunity to get involved, raise the town's awareness of your groups activities, to promote a charity you represent, to encourage children and adults to work in developing new ideas, but you should do it primarily to have a great time.  

Are the Farnham Carnival Parade Entries judged?  Yes, unless you do not wish to be.  Entries are divided into several classes. Please see the separate Categories and Judging tab with full details.  Certificates are awarded within each class. Also we present the Best in Show Shield, the Henry Liu Trophy and an award for Innovation and Creativity presented by Wise & Co.  Find out more by reading the Categories and Judging download and you will see who won these coveted awards at the last Carnival..

How do we enter into the Farnham Carnival Parade?  Please read “Helping you take Part & Parade Rules 2020”, “Parade Categories and Judging” and the Parade Entry Form - all of which are downloadable.

2020  Parade Entry Forms are now available - click here to find the entry details