Todmorden Carnival’s own royal retinue have been chosen and the team are counting down the days to the big event, just two weeks away.
And all you need to do to take part in it is get Sur Votre Bicyclette - that’s On Yer Bike!
Entry forms are available to download on the Todmorden Carnival website - www.todmordencarnival.com - and with this year’s theme being all things French and rolling along, in tribute to the Tour De France coming to Yorkshire, all you need to do is get your thinking cycle helmets on, just limited by your imagination.
As usual there are fancy dress prizes to be won whether you are part of a float or tableau or an individual, and there is also prize money to be won if you enter sa team into the tug-of-war challenge in the events ring.
This year’s Carnival Queen is 12-year-old Alison Donnelly, whose hobbies include walking and bike riding, and she will have two princeses this year, her sister Katie, ten, whose hobbies include wakling, bike riding and singing, and six-year-old Sameeha Naseer, whose hobbies include playing cricket and dressing up.
On Carnival Day, Saturday, May 24, all three will be a key part of the procession and events on the carnival field, Centre Vale Park.
Carnival chairman Philip Clarke said you could become part of the big day.
“You can download entry forms from our website for the parade categories and also for charity stalls and the like - it gives you the opportunity to promote your good cause in front of a big crowd..
“And I would urge pubs and other groups to put teams into the tug-of-war - if we can get four teams to compete there is a £200 prize, but this is reduced to £100 if there is less,” he said.
A popular part of carnival weekend is the fair, and this year it will be open from Thursday, May 22, to Bank Holiday Monday, May 26.
Entertainment lined up includes some great dance groups and a clown who is sure to tickle your funny bone!
Todmorden Carnival, which is now in its 61st year since being revived in 1953, is supported by Todmorden Town Council.
You can also contact the carnival by emailing your message to firstname.lastname@example.org and telephone on 07778 614128.