About Worcester Carnival 2022
Following a 2-year hiatus due to COVID, we were pleased to be able to return to Worcester’s streets for our biggest Carnival yet. Over 30 community groups joined the parade, with over 40 stallholders on Carnival Village for the day. Thousands of residents and visitors turned out to watch and participate.
For more information on Worcester Carnival 2022, here is our Official Souvenir Brochure
Each year the parade has a suggested theme for participants. In 2022 we chose the theme of “Celebration”. We felt that this embraces the ethos of carnival, the jubilee year, and the coming-together of people post-COVID. It also restates our vision for Worcester Carnival – to celebrate Worcester and its people – past, present and future.
Participants in the 2022 parade included:
1st Claines Guides, All Sorts of Performing Arts, Beat Breakerz, The Botanist, Company Theatre Academy, Fireflies & Panthers – Focal Pointe Dance School, Friends of Ronkswood Community, Harlequin Stage School, Home From Home Fitness, Kays Theatre Group, King Charles II Restored, Lollipop Youth Theatre, Marathon Kids, Nunnery Wood High School, Oasis Warndon Community Hub, Platinum Property Agents, Robin and Sue Jager, Severn Area Rescue Association, Shopmobility Worcester, St John Ambulance Worcester Youth, Studio B Performing Arts Centre,
The Chantry School, Timeless Vinyl Events Worcester, Tolladine Community – bringing people together as one,
Worcester Bosch, Worcester Carnival Pilot Project co-creation by Yasmin Agilah Hood and Dines Green Community Academy, Worcester City Amateur Boxing Club, Worcester Judo Club, Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society, Worcester Warriors, Worcestershire Polish Association, and Worcestershire Royal Maternity Department.
Award winners 2022:
- Best in Show – Nunnery Wood High School
- Highly Commended – Company Theatre Academy
- Best Walking Group – Harlequin Stage School
- Best Youth Group – Lollipop Youth Theatre
Worcester Carnival Pilot Project
This year we piloted a new approach by commissioning an artist to co-create an environmentally friendly float with Dines Green Community Academy. Support for this commission has come from Severn Arts with investment from the Arches Worcester project which is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) Cultural Development Fund.
Nominated Charities 2022
Worcester Warriors Community Foundation
We use the power of sport to engage and inspire people who are vulnerable across all age groups to live an active, healthy and rewarding lifestyle. We support people who are isolated, disengaged, disadvantaged, living with a range of disabilities or conditions such as dementia; and those who have individual and complex needs.
Severn Area Rescue Association
SARA: Saving Lives on and around the Severn for almost 50 Years
SARA is a volunteer lifeboat and inland search and rescue charity, with 7 lifeboat and rescue stations along the length of the River Severn. In 2021 SARA was called out 113 times.
SARA’s Wyre Forest station is located at Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Services (HWFRS) Wyre Forest Emergency Services Hub. The combined resources of SARA and HWFRS ensures the area is better prepared for any local water rescue incidents and large-scale flooding responses.
The station is the base for our land search team and the inland water & flood rescue team. It houses four SARA inshore rescue boats – SARA 8, SARA 9, SARA 10 and SARA 26 – alongside our land rover Mobile 4 and an incident support unit (ISU) vehicle. The team also has a set of inflatable rescue sleds and a large raft.
SARA is now tasked by H&W Fire Control as well as responding to requests from West Mercia Police, West Midlands Police and West Midlands Ambulance Service. We cover the River Severn and all adjoining waterways etc., as well as providing land/bank search rescue teams as and when required.
Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust
The Grace Kelly Childhood Cancer Trust is working to raise awareness of childhood cancer and the signs and symptoms with which it may present. We produce educational resources for parents and clinicians, provide support to families and fund research into rare cancers of childhood.
This will be our third time as a sponsor of the Carnival since it was resurrected in 2017. We’ve found that it’s a fantastic opportunity for our staff to get involved in this vibrant community event and as the years go by we are getting more and more staff wanting to be involved and feeling proud that we as an organisation are supporting such a ‘diary date’ in the Worcester calendar.
The national lottery Community Fund
Thanks to National Lottery players for making our project possible. We’re making a huge difference to the lives of Worcester people thanks to National Lottery funding.