It was a record breaking ten days of success for Carrick Carnival 400, with every day hosting unique and different events for all ages.
The Carnival saw the revival of old festival events thrown in with quirky experimental activities from May 31 - June 9th. Opening with a huge Carnival parade on May 31st, the colourful festival included street theatre and entertainment with sporting activities from GAA to Stand Up Paddling, Water Zorbing and a Wife Carrying Competition!
Everyone knows by now that Carrick beat the World Record for Rock the Boat. The town needed to gather 1,452 people to beat the current record - and 1,715 people took part! The organisers recorded everyone’s name and number on camera, all details are being sent to the Guinness Book of Records and official notification should be presented shortly.
Phil the Fluter’s Fancy Dress Ball and the Firework’s Display brought huge crowds on June 2. The Pig racing on June 5th closed the main street and resulted in squeals from pigs and the crowd! Sports blitzes continued on June 7th and the town relaxed into the wonderful Taste of Carrick with local sample cuisine, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment.
Outrun the Hangman on June 8th mixed history with some athletics before the town celebrated the Carnival Birthday Street Party which spilled onto the street last Saturday night. The Carnival closed on Sunday with a boat parade, street entertainment, and Discover Carrick Day.