The fire, drumming, costumes, and parades of Uckfield Carnival will not take place this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic but organisers hope residents will help to create a new spectacle.
Crowds have swamped the town’s streets on the first Saturday in September every year for nearly 200 years and Uckfield Carnival and Bonfire Society still wants to celebrate the date.
So it is asking people to dress up, make a scarecrow, or some other style of tableaux in your front garden, or house, on the theme of CARNIVAL and take photographs of your creations.
During August the society will collect your pictures and bring them together in a video with suitable carnival music added, and possibly clips from previous carnivals included.
Then, on the night of Saturday, September 5, the society will invite the whole town to watch Uckfield’s Virtual Carnival 2020 on social media via its Facebook page and YouTube.
In announcing the plan on its Facebook page the society says: “This will include the pictures of the town celebrating carnival, clips of previous carnival parades to build the atmosphere, and then live streaming of the tradition of bonfire prayers, led by Father John Wall fro Holy Cross Church, the burning of banners, and then a spectacular firework display at approximately 9pm.
“Why not arrange something for the evening in your garden like a picnic or barbecue and raise a glass while watching.”
The society adds that one of the big reasons the carnival takes place is to support local good causes and it wants to continue raising money this year.
A JustGiving page is to be set up for donations and, restrictions permitting, you might spot costumed collectors in and around the town centre, or on estates, during the day on Saturday, September 5.
The society says: “Everyone at Uckfield Bonfire and Carnival Society hopes you stay safe and well and we look forward to entertaining you in a slightly different way this year. Let’s make it one to remember.”