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Andover Carnival: A Hundred Years of Community Spirit and Spectacle

This year marks a significant milestone for the vibrant community of Andover as they celebrate a century of joy, camaraderie, and tradition with the Andover Carnival.

Since its inception a hundred years ago, the Andover Carnival has been a cherished event that brings together generations of locals and visitors alike. As anticipation builds for this historic occasion, organisers are gearing up for a spectacular celebration that promises to be a fitting tribute to a century of carnival magic. The Andover Carnival this year is 21st July.

The festivities kick off on Thursday, April 11th, from 12 to 4 pm, just behind the Guildhall in town. Organisers extend a warm invitation to all to join in the festivities, with a special emphasis on welcoming anyone who has been a part of Andover’s carnival history. It’s a time for reminiscing, sharing stories, and celebrating the cherished memories that have been woven into the fabric of the community over the past century.

In partnership with The Travelling Cupcake Andover, attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in delectable treats while swapping tales of carnivals past. The old Cutting Edge shop, behind the Guildhall, will serve as the venue for this nostalgic gathering.

But the celebrations don’t stop there. As the countdown to the grand anniversary continues, organisers have planned a heart-warming initiative to involve the entire community. On the launch day, April 11th, attendees are encouraged to bring along their beloved teddy bears and stuffed toys. These cherished companions will be lovingly cared for and given new homes on Carnival day, with all proceeds from their adoption going to selected charities.

To ensure that the spirit of giving continues beyond the launch day, organisers have arranged drop-off points for “Teddy Spares” at YANA Vintage Clothing and Andover PCN (Health Hub), both conveniently located in the Chantry Centre. It’s a wonderful opportunity for locals to come together, support charitable causes, and spread joy through the simple act of giving.

As the Andover Carnival embarks on its centennial celebrations, there’s a palpable sense of excitement and nostalgia in the air. For a hundred years, this cherished event has been a beacon of community spirit, bringing people together in times of joy and celebration. As the anniversary festivities unfold, one thing is certain: the Andover Carnival will continue to be a beloved tradition for generations to come, fostering connections and creating cherished memories for all who participate. So, mark your calendars, gather your teddy bears, and join in the festivities as Andover celebrates a century of carnival magic.

This year’s Andover Carnival celebration isn’t just about looking back at a century of cherished memories; it’s also about embracing the excitement of the present and the promise of the future. As preparations for the grand event on July 21st are well underway, organizers are thrilled to announce some exciting updates that promise to make this year’s carnival the biggest and best yet.

Already, the carnival boasts an impressive lineup of participants, with a staggering 50% increase in the number of colorful lorries set to parade through the streets compared to last year. And the best part? There’s still room for more! For those interested in joining the procession, organizers are offering the opportunity to participate for a nominal fee, ensuring that this year’s carnival will be a record-breaking spectacle to remember.

But here’s the real kicker: entry to the carnival is absolutely free for walking parties! That’s right – whether you’re representing a cause, a charity, or a business, there’s no cost to join in the fun and be a part of Andover’s biggest procession ever (probably!). With crowds numbering in the thousands, the carnival presents an unparalleled opportunity to showcase your organization while enjoying a day of festivities and community spirit.

To register your interest and secure your spot in the procession, simply email and let organizers know you’re ready to join the celebration. Whether you come dressed in elaborate costumes, waving banners, or simply eager to soak up the atmosphere, all are welcome to participate and make this year’s Andover Carnival a truly unforgettable experience.

As the countdown to July 21st continues, excitement is building, and anticipation is palpable throughout the community. For a hundred years, the Andover Carnival has been a beacon of joy, bringing people together in celebration of tradition, community, and the simple pleasures of life. And as the centennial celebrations unfold, one thing is certain: this year’s carnival promises to be a fitting tribute to a century of memories while setting the stage for many more to come. So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready to join in the festivities as Andover celebrates 100 years of carnival magic – and looks forward to many more!