Taking Part in the Marple Carnival Parade

Marple Carnival Participants

The Marple Carnival parade is a very important part of Carnival day. People line the streets to cheer the local groups and entertainment acts. It is also a great way to publicise you organisation or local business - for free!

The application form can be found further down this page. Before applying, here is some useful information if you are interested in taking part:

Children's Groups

  • Try to arrange a working group of parents/members to help with the organisation – the more people to share the work the better!
  • If children are to take part; remember you will need permission slips signed by parents/guardians.
  • You will need sufficient adults to help with the supervision of the group on the day; especially ‘walking groups. Suggested ratios (OFSTED/DCSF guidelines) are: ages 5-8 years, 1 adult for every 4 children; ages 8 years+, 1 adult for every 8 children.
  • Please try to encourage your ‘helpers’ to dress up and be part of your group.

Music and Dancing

  • If you are walking; how about a dance routine?
  • Think about having music to go with your entry.
  • If you can’t play recorded music, how about percussion instruments?


  • If you wish to take part with a float please contact local vehicle suppliers/haulage companies early to ask whether they will loan you suitable transport and a driver.  Companies often provide their services ‘in gratis’ but ask for the volunteer driver to be given a small token for donating his/her time.
  • Please ensure that appropriate vehicle insurance is held for using a float i.e. public liability (check with your/vehicle owners current policy supplier).
  • Ensure that you have sufficient time to decorate your vehicle to go with your theme.  It is often easier to make key pieces in advance and fix them to the vehicle on the morning of the carnival.

Free Advertising

  • This is a fantastic opportunity to promote your group; you will have several thousand people on the way round watching you pass by.
  • Make a large banner to advertise your group – let everyone know who you are!
  • Organise flyers to hand out to the spectators advertising your group/services.


Applications for the parade are now open. 

Please read the terms and conditions before applying. 

By completing this form you agree with the storage and handling of your personal details by this website.
Your details will never be shared with third parties.

Take part in the Parade

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    Essential Documentation: Public Liability and Risk Assessment

    Please upload a PDF copy of your public liability cover and a completed risk assessment (also a PDF). The maximum file size is 1MB each.

    If you are unable to upload a PDF copy of your public liability cover and completed risk assessment, please email these documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include the name of your group/ business in the email subject. These need to be received by the team at least 4 weeks before the event otherwise entry to the parade may be refused. We have a generic risk assessment template here.

    Terms and Conditions

    1. All entrants must book in at the parade assembly point adjacent to the old public toilets on Oldknow Road NO LATER THAN 12pm and be ready to move off at 1pm promptly

    2. Marple Carnival Committee reserves the right to refuse entry to any vehicle/ float/ group/ person which they consider to be unsuitable. In the event of a dispute the decision of the Committee is final. All entrants must complete the full processional route.

    3. All vehicular entrants are to provide at least one marshal to be responsible for the safety of both the float and the watching public.

    4. All entrants with children must provide sufficient adults to ensure the safety of those taking part at all times.

    5. Collecting boxes and buckets will be at the parade assembly point and your help in collecting will be gratefully appreciated. All monies collected belong to Marple Carnival Committee and must be handed back to the parade assembly point at the end of the parade.

    6. If you have any queries regarding the parade please speak to one of the Parade Marshals.

    7. Marple Carnival Committee will not be responsible for any loss, damage or injury to entrants or property.

    Thank you!

    Thank you in advance for considering supporting this community event. 

    Where your friends can wave you on

    Marple Carnival Parade Route Map

    Marple Carnival Logo

    This web site is provided free of charge by The Marple Website.