Carnival Day - the Grand Procession 2022 - Hastings Old Town Carnival Week

Carnival Day - the Grand Procession2022

The front of the procession passes the London Trader
The front of the procession passes the London Trader

A procession of floats, walkers, dancers, musicians and more!

The theme of this year’s Carnival is KINGS AND QUEENS which, in the case of our own little island we can look back on good ones and bad ones which gives everybody plenty of scope and thinking outside the box - Biblical Kings and Queens, speed, jazz, swing, drag, comedy, ships, the animal kingdom, lastly not to forget our friend the Herring, King of the sea ... imagination can run riot.

Please do not throw coins (or anything else!) at the procession – we do not want any injuries or damage to vehicles, but please throw as much money as you like at the collecting boxes.

Hastings Carnival is a glass free event, please do not bring glass bottles to the street.

Remember that parking near the carnival route will be difficult, so try to use public transport or share a car. Rock-a-Nore car park will be partially closed to the public on Carnival day. Use Pelham Place or town centre car parks
If you enjoy this year’s Carnival, why not enter next year
We are trying to encourage more pedestrian entries, so a lorry is not required.

Schedule for entrants

  • Noon on Friday 5th August - Entry forms must be returned
  • 1pm - Registration opens at the Stade Hall
  • 4pm - Registration Closes
  • 4pm - Assembly starts in Rock-a-Nore Car Park
  • 5pm - Carnival Parade starts

Judging takes place during the parade, where you will be judged not only on your costumes and/or float but on how you entertain and interact with the crowd.

Carnival Entry Forms are available from:

The Jenny Lind, High Street and Hastings History House

or can be downloaded from where you can also apply online.

Entry forms must be returned by noon on Friday 5th August by post to:

HOTCA c/o 54 Welton Rise, St Leonards O/S TN37 7RF

or by Email to: or delivered by hand by Friday 5th August to The Jenny Lind.

Entry Classes for the Procession

  • A Pedestrian
  • B Prams and non-motorised vehicles C Visiting Carnival Courts
  • D Performing Groups (public liability document required)
  • E Disability
  • F Motorised Vehicles (vehicle insurance required)

The Grand Carnival Procession

The Hastings Old Town Carnival was started in 1968, when the Old Town Residents felt there should be an Old Town version of the Hasting Carnival …

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