Llanelli’s big night is back in full force

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LLANELLI’s annual Christmas carnival is back, with a weekend of festive celebrations.

This year, the city’s Christmas Carnival Capers will be a two-day event that kicks off on Friday, November 19.

The carnival procession will leave Festival Fields, Pwll, at 6:15 p.m., following its usual route, and will arrive in town shortly after the Christmas lights come on at 6:45 p.m.

There will be a funfair at Spring Gardens with a fireworks display to mark the final at 7.40pm.

This year the council purchased a mix of fireworks – traditional and low noise as part of its commitment to fireworks safety and to reduce the noise they can make.

The closure of Station Road and Church Street, Llanelli, from its junction with Murray Street to its junction with Gelli Onn, will begin at 5.45 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Gelli Onn will be closed to westbound traffic only, from its junction with Thomas Street.

The festivities will continue through Saturday, with a Christmas-themed food and drink market.

There will be street entertainment (outside Boots) from 10 a.m. with guest performers including a tribute to Tom Jones, the Ysgol Y Strade choir and Cor Meibion ​​from Burry Port. Drag artist Ruby Slippers will make an appearance along with local singer Hayley Paultyn and others.

Wales’ biggest Christmas carnival, Llanelli’s festive celebrations are a joint effort of Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council and the Llanelli Roundtable.

The popular reindeer parade organized by Ymlaen Llanelli will be held on December 4 in the city center.

Last year, carnival went virtual for the first time in its 43-year history due to the Covid pandemic and in accordance with national regulations.

Keep an eye on our social media channels for more information later.

Carmarthenshire County Council Chief Cllr Emlyn Dole said: ‘We are delighted that Carnival can return this year and the locals and visitors who travel to see this event deserve to have an opportunity they can take advantage of, however, we must remember that Coronavirus is not gone. We must continue to remain vigilant and enjoy responsibly and by taking a few simple steps such as wearing a mask, we will help protect ourselves and others around. And if you have any symptoms, please stay home. “

Anyone interested in participating in a float at the carnival should contact Roger Bowen at Llanelli Round Table on 01554 750008.

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