Launch of Carrick Carnival 400

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Carrick-on-Shannon is the place to be this June, as the town is hosting the Carrick Carnival Festival to celebrate 400 years.

Carrick-on-Shannon is the place to be this June, as the town is hosting the Carrick Carnival Festival to celebrate 400 years.

With over sixty events throughout the town over ten days there will be something for all the family, at night and by day.

The events kick off in style with a Carnival Parade with themed floats, street entertainers, samba bands, music, dancing, a novel Ball Race (think duck race, but down a hill on the tarmac of Bridge Street) and open air entertainment. And that’s just the first night!

Other events throughout the Bank Holiday weekend include The Carnival Wife Carrying Championships, Zorbing, Hot Air Ballooning, a World Record Attempt, a Raft race, Kids Fundays, a Historical Walking tour of the town, as well as the return of the popular Phil The Fluther’s Fancy Dress Ball and the largest Fireworks Display to ever take place in the North West of Ireland.

Chairman of the organising committee Kenny Murtagh said, “This new festival has been organised to celebrate the significance of 400 years of our town. The emphasis has been on a mixture of traditional and sometimes unusual events to showcase the best of what the town has to offer. We hope to attract large numbers of visitors to the town throughout the 10 days, and we hope the festival will have a positive impact on all businesses in the town and region. The events calendar has a great mix of events for all age groups and we hope that large numbers of people will visit the town to join in the celebrations’’.

Kenny also went on to thank all of the local businesses for their support for the festival, ‘’The committee understand that it is not easy for businesses at the moment, but the support we have received from local businesses has been remarkable. We would like to sincerely thank them for their contribution as without them the festival could not take place’’.

The Carrick Carnival 400 was launched on Friday, May 3, the festival takes place from Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 9. For more details see www.carrickonshannon400.ie