Charivari’s “Night At The Movies”

Published on June 25th, 2019

The beat of drums will echo through Folkestone’s streets on Saturday 6 July as Strange Cargo’s thrilling Charivari Day returns to the town. The 2019 carnival parade is themed A Night at the Movies and promises a “celebration of cinema, film stars, the red carpet, and those iconic blockbusters from Willy Wonka to Frankenstein”. Hundreds of performers will gather on The Stade at Folkestone Harbour in time for a 2pm start, proceeding to wend their way through the Creative Quarter and the town centre, finally arriving on the famous Leas promenade. The parade will end at the Bandstand, where there will be a programme of music from street bands.

Strange Cargo has been working with community groups, schools and individuals from across the district to create six themed sections, each made up of colourful costumes, dancers and drumming bands.  This will be the 23rd Charivari Day organised by Strange Cargo, which has developed a deserved reputation for its visual arts projects and signature  celebratory events that involve the community.

Arts Council England, Folkestone & Hythe District Council, The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust, Creative Folkestone, the Rotary Club of Folkestone Channel have all contributed to the costs of staging the event, with a number of individual councillors also adding their support.