CARNIVAL time is fast approaching again in Bognor Regis.
Would-be entrants have been asked to register their interest for this year’s staging of the community event as it returns to the town centre.
The colourful and noisy procession will take place on June 16 and leave West Park at 2pm.
Trophies and £50 will be awarded to the winners of each of the six categories who are the best at living up to the theme of world of cartoons – floats, including trailers; adult walking; children walking; schools and youth clubs; trade and community groups.
Those who take part will be joining a route which takes in the town centre for the first time in eight years.
The carnival’s previous visit to the shopping area ended when the Lions pulled out of its staging in 2005.
From four years later, when Bognor Regis Town Council took over, it has stuck to a route along the seafront which has ended in the Regis Centre car park.
Council head of street scene and leisure Sue Holmes said: “In a change to previous years, the 2013 carnival will take a longer route.
“It will begin at West Park and travel east along Marine Drive West and Aldwick Road to The Esplanade. It will turn into Clarence Road and then left into the High Street and on to West Street.
“At the junction with the Esplanade, the parade will turn left and finish with the road closure on the Esplanade in front of the Regis Centre car park.
“The car park will not be closed to the public this year.”
The change followed calls from councillors for the carnival to adopt its more traditional route.
But, as always, the emphasis will be on colour, design, music and dance.
A local transport company has offered the use of its vehicles for groups which want to enter a float.
Those who would like to take part – either as a school, a group or an individual – and have not yet been sent an entry form, should contact the town council’s street scene and leisure services department on 01243 825535.
Marching bands and dance groups will also be welcome to apply.