IT might be in Denton rather than Rio, but carnival time is coming to Tameside.
The borough’s winter lantern parade, which was wrecked by bad weather last December, is returning on Saturday, 9 March, in the same week as Shrove Tuesday, or if you prefer, Mardi Gras.
It will be led by internationally respected carnival artists Global Grooves, who are Tameside’s only Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. With live music, lanterns, giant puppets and other surprises it promises to be spectacular parade which will not only entertain and enliven, but also pay tribute to Denton’s industrial history.
The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward, said: “Christmas may have gone but that’s no reason why we shouldn’t celebrate. It’s Mardi Gras time so we’re making the Tameside Lantern Parade into a bit of a fiesta.
“Hopefully, it’ll be second time lucky and the weather will be kind to us. I’m looking forward to thousands of people from all over the borough lining the streets, enjoying the music and creating a real carnival mood with the help of the lanterns and Global Groove.”
Starting at Denton West End Working Men’s Club, Grosvenor Street, at 6pm, the lantern parade will wind its way through the town to Victoria Park which will be specially illuminated, and where Global Grooves will perform a fantastic carnival celebration before a pyrotechnic finale.
Schools and community groups from across the borough have been working with teams of professional artists since October to create their lanterns.