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Many apologies, but we are not offering a procession this year again.

Unfortunately, due to not enough participants, the 2014 procession was cancelled. See Why no procession and a smaller-scale event at Hertford Castle? in our 2014 coverage.

Although a big community day in the traditional carnival way is preferable, we decided to continue without a procession for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018, and we have opted to stick with the Hertford Castle Fun Day format for 2019 as well.floats in 2012

We need a minimum number of floats to make a procession viable for costs and spectators, and in 2014 the carnival almost had to be cancelled due to not enough procession participants at the cut-off date. This incurred costs (road closures alone are around £3000 and have to be committed to) and some rather rapid and hectic redesigning of the whole afternoon.

Photo; floats on Carnival Day 2012, courtesy of Steve Beeston photography.

A static fun day also gives us the capability to donate more money to charity, for example we don't have to set aside thousands for road closures.

We realise that a standard fun day is not to everyone's taste (we love the procession too). If you are unhappy, let us know you can help with future carnivals! The more people, the more ideas, energy and time, the more things become possible! Even a small-scale static carnival princesses in 2012standard event takes months of planning, with a whole raft of unexciting but incredibly necessary actions to translate ideas into reality. We start organising around January, so do get in touch before then if possible.

Photo; Hertford Carnival's princesses in 2012, courtesy of David Sartin.

We work long and hard to organise and put on an afternoon of fun for the community, and we are grateful to all those who participate, to those who support us, and to everyone who comes along and enjoys the day.

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It's all about Hertford

The more people who participate, the bigger and better Hertford Carnival will be!

Fancy getting involved in another way? Check out Help Now for individual and business options, or run a stall or perform for us.