Kendal’s Torchlight Carnival is one of a kind. Each year swarms of Kendalians hits the streets to watch the procession, which has traditionally involved local businesses, schools, organisations and clubs. From decorated floats and all manner of vehicles, to dancing troups and marching musicians, it’s always so much fun to see what our creative community has come up with each year.
Founded in 1970, Kendal Torchlight Carnival weekend attracts around 30,000 people to Kendal each year.
The Carnival Procession and Street Party celebrate the traditions, creativity, diversity and vision of local people, as they celebrate all that makes a place and its communities great. The Carnival sees around 1800 local and visiting ‘processionists’ from schools, local businesses, voluntary and community groups.
The Carnival of motorised or carried decorated ‘floats’ winds their way through the streets of Kendal creating an extravaganza of weird and wonderful contraptions, masks and costumes, dancers, musicians and artists.
On the Saturday, there is a Street Party in Kendal town centre with more fun, music, creativity and dance for everyone to enjoy.
The 2017 Kendal Torchlight Carnival will be held in September 2017.
See the Kendal Torchlight Carnival website for more information.