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The Carnival Parade is free to enter, please complete one form per entry. Application deadline is 01 May 2024.

Entering the Carnival Parade

You may enter the Carnival Parade as a club, community organisation, business or as an individual.

Your entry may take the form of a float or decorated vehicle, walking group/individual, classic car, band, troupe or a combination.

This year’s theme is 'Best of British' - Celebrating all that is great about this diverse, creative, historic country and its plethora of national treasures. Bishop’s Stortford Town Council encourages entries to be visually exciting, thought provoking or entertaining and in keeping with the overall upbeat spirit of our Carnival Parade and theme.

Parade Route and other important information


  • Parade registration on South Road (junction of London Road) opens at 10.00. Please report here upon arrival. Only vehicles associated with the event will be given access. Drivers must be aware that there will be pedestrians in the road
  • Parade registration closes 10.30
  • Parade starts at 11.30
  • Parade finishes on Link Road at 12.30 (normal road traffic regulations apply from this point)

Please note, only Bishop’s Stortford Town Council Carnival Parade stewards will be available at the forming up area on South Road from 10am. South Mill Art’s staff are unable to assist with Carnival Parade enquiries.

South Road, South Street, Potter Street, Market Square, North Street finishing on Link Road.  The route is approximately 2 miles.

Floats and vehicles will not be allowed entrance onto the Carnival Fun Day field on Sworders Field.

Other important information is included in the terms and conditions which can be found on the Town Council’s website 


Prizes are available for the best entries. Judging of the participants takes place during the actual Carnival Parade as it passes through town. 

All participants will be marked by the following criteria:

  • Overall design and visual impact i.e. how good it all looks.
  • Interpretation of the Carnival theme.
  • Effort and participation – i.e. how much work you have put into it.
  • Spirit of Carnival – i.e. how well you engage with the Carnival spectators.

Winners will be announced in the main arena on Sworders Field CM23 2EL during the Carnival Fun Day. Prizes will be given out by the Mayor.

  • First prize £500
  • Second prize £200
  • Third Prize £100

If a commercial entry wins, the prize money will be donated to a charity of their choice.