Carnival of the Lights is a tribute to the rich heritage of our Illuminated Trams, celebrating Blackpool’s tramway. Featuring Blackpool’s unique historic collection of illuminated tramcars with a battleship, trawler and Great Western train. Above photo: Gregg Wolstenholme
Join in the fun – on Thursday 24 October 2019
The parade leaves from Blackpool Pleasure Beach at 5.45pm. On arrival at Central Pier (approx 6pm) you’ll be joined by the East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Arts Network. Party with a troupe of fabulously costumed, illuminated revellers!
How to Join In
Well first of all just go along and join in the fun! Why don’t you really get into the spirit though and get dressed up?
Deck yourself up in an illuminated costume – it can be as fancy as you dare to make it. Or maybe just get a string of battery operated lights from the pound shop and wrap them around your hat!
Some of you took your pooches along to Houndshill Shopping Centre to join in the Lumidogs workshop. Those fur-bu-lous pooches are coming along to join the parade in their illuminated outfits. You’ve still got time to make a costume for your pet dog, to go along and join in the fun!
New for 2019 – Carnival Puppets
Illuminated Carnival puppets are also joining the parade this year. They’ll add a wow factor and content not seen before by Blackpool audiences.
- The Glowing Gastropods are two giant, illuminated, racing snails. They’ll hit the streets jockeyed by professional snail riders! With their own internal PA’s they’ll blast out party tunes for their puppet friends to dance along to, interacting with audiences as they go.
- Kantaben is a beautiful and playful illuminated Roller Bird. Clad in Indian fabrics and flapping her beautiful silk wings,watch in wonder as she soars and swoops high over the heads of the crowds, making new friends.
- Oxumaré (oh-shoo-mar-ay) is an impressive 4 meters tall, an elegant, shimmering being and all the colours of the rainbow. While captivating audiences, Oxumaré pays homage to our ancient African ancestors.
The Tram Parade leaves The Pleasure Beach at 5.45pm, arriving at Central Pier at approximately 6pm to be joined by the entertainment procession. Proceeding to the Tower, a celebratory special carnival performance will be performed at the Tower Festival Headland.
Illuminated Tram Parade at Carnival of Lights 2018
Did you see the convoy of Illuminated Heritage Trams in Blackpool on 25 October 2018?
Regular Visit Fylde Coast photo-contributor Gregg Wolstenholme was there and caught these AMAZING photos from the night.
They wound their way slowly along the promenade from South Shore to North Pier and then slowly went back again. The Spark! drummers leading everyone along a packed promenade!
Featuring the battleship HMS Blackpool, the lottery funded Western Train, the Fisherman’s Friend Trawler. They set off in convoy from the Pleasure Beach Heritage Tram Stop, travelling along the tramway through the illuminations before returning to terminate at Blackpool Pleasure Beach around 75 minutes later.
The parade slowed as it approached Blackpool Tower for an unmissable photo and video opportunity.
Once the parade was over, trams returned to Pleasure Beach to continue with the standard non-bookable illumination tours from Blackpool Pleasure Beach tram stop.
More Photos from Carnival of Lights
Donna Eaves was also at the Carnival of Lights and she sent in her photos of the Spark! Drummers too. Wow, what a brilliant FREE night out! Well done to the organisers of Lightpool Festival.
The first ever parade of Illuminated Heritage Trams took place in 2017 – and it was amazing!
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