NEW PENARTH CARNIVAL-DAY FORMAT CUTS CROWD-CONGESTION

A pipe band led the carnival parade from the Kymin onto the Esplanade

A pipe band led the carnival parade from the Kymin onto the Esplanade

The new multi-venue format for Penarth Carnival Day seems to have succeeded in reducing crowd-congestion on the Esplanade.

Crowds generally seemed thinner than last year – perhaps a reaction to the gloomy grey skies, the occasional drizzle and – in the wake of the Shoreham tragedy – the absence the  l aerobatic flying displays which were staged at last year’s event.

A carefully choreographed display walk/dance routine was accompanied by rhythmic drumming

This eye-catching choreographed walk/dance routine was accompanied by rhythmic drumming

Cogan Nursery opened umbrellas as it threatened to rain on their parade

Cogan Nursery School opened umbrellas as it threatened to rain on their parade

There was a Roald Dahl theme to this year's procession

There was a Roald Dahl theme to this year’s procession

These Dahl costumes were evidently just the ticket for this local family

These Dahl costumes were evidently just the ticket for this local family

Salsa dancers put their best feet forward to the drum accompaniment following them

Samba dancers put their best feet forward to the drum accompaniment following them

If local residents didn't know before about local Salsa/Cuban classes in Penarth - they know it now.

If local residents didn’t know before about local Salsa/Cuban classes in Penarth – they know it now.

Outside his exclusive restaurant , top chef James Sommerin was cooking alfreco for the crowds

Outside his exclusive restaurant , top chef James Sommerin was cooking alfresco for the crowds

Also being snapped up on the sea front today were Penarth mugs from "Luv the 'Diff - licensed by Penath Council at £9.00 each

Also being snapped-up on the sea front today were Penarth mugs from “Love the ‘Diff” – licensed by Penarth Council at £9.00 each

Entertaining young and old outside the Italian Gardens were

Entertaining young and old outside the Italian Gardens were the Deckchair Dandies

There was an Open Day at Penarth Lifeboat House - which seemed to be recruiting a new generation of crew members.

There was an Open Day at Penarth Lifeboat House – which seemed to be recruiting a new generation of crew members. Later the lifeboat was in action in a demonstration and on a real emergency call

A popular innovation in this year's Carn9val Day was a "Petting Zoo" set up in Windsor Gardens

A popular innovation in this year’s Carnival Day was a “Petting Zoo” set up in Windsor Gardens

Umbrellas went up as the rain came down

Umbrellas went up as the rain came down

TV news crews vied to inverview the drivers in the "pits" of the Downhill Derby and view the contenders imaginative vehicles

TV news crews vied to interview the drivers in the “pits” of the Downhill Derby and view the contenders’ imaginative vehicles

Meanwhile there was some fiercely competitive racing going on in electric vehicles piloted by talented five year olds

Meanwhile there was some fiercely-competitive racing going on in electric vehicles piloted by talented five-year olds on an inflatable Grand Prix circuit on Cliff Walk . The only restriction was the drivers could not be older than ten and – a bit like real Grand Prix drivers – no taller than 1.5 metres

The Scouts set up their challengng vertical cliff face - but several youngsters had no qualms about making the ascent

The Scouts set up their challenging vertical cliff face – but several youngsters had no qualms about making the ascent

The infectious rhythm of Samba Galez got several children joining in the fun at the Cliff Walk outdoor stage

The infectious rhythm of Samba Galez got several children joining in the fun at the Cliff Walk outdoor stage

Children couldn't stop themselves dancing to the salsa beat

Children couldn’t stop themselves dancing to the catchy samba beat

A small fairground had been set up on the Cliff Walk clock-golf course

A small fairground had been set up on the Cliff Walk clock-golf course

An immaculate 1967 Ford Mustang was amongst the display of vintage vehicles

An immaculate 1967 Ford Mustang was amongst the display of vintage vehicles

Also on show was this P5B Rover 3.5 litre saloon. The list price in 1967 was £1,625 plus tax.

Also on show was this P5B Rover 3.5 litre saloon. The list price in 1967 was £1,625 plus tax.

More pictures from Penarth's 2016 Carnival Day will be added tomorrow morning

More pictures from Penarth’s 2016 Carnival Day are coming up later

It was lifeboat crew member Carl's last operational day with the RNLI before hanging up his yellow boots - and this is what they did to him. Carl was playing the part of a rescue casualty summoning help with a smoke flare

It was lifeboat crew member Karl Lawrence’s last Summer Festival before hanging up his yellow boots in May next year  – and this is what they did to him – dunked him in the drink . Karl – one of Penarth RNLI’s helms – was playing the part of a rescue casualty summoning help with a smoke flare

Along comes the NPAS police helicopter which "spots" him and gets a yellow inflatable buoyancy aid to throw him

Along comes the NPAS police helicopter which “spots” him and throws him  a yellow inflatable buoyancy aid . But the police helicopter doesn’t have a winch.

So Carl is bodily heaved up into the Atlantic 85 lifeboat ... but more is to come

Karl is bodily heaved up into the Atlantic 85 lifeboat … but more is to come

In comes the new red and white Coastguard helicopter to practice with Carl as a casualty again

In comes the new red and white Coastguard helicopter to practice with Karl as a casualty again

A coastguard crewmember is winched down to Carl - who's back in the water

A coastguard crewmember is winched down to Karl – who’s back in the water

Need a hand mate?

Need a hand mate?

The coastguard "cable guy" soon has Carl supported in a sling to be hoisted up

The coastguard “cable guy” soon has Karl supported in a sling to be hoisted up

There'sa dicey moment when the pair swing back on the cable - but finally they're aboard and safe

There’s a dicey moment when the pair swing back on the cable – but finally they’re aboard and safe

The crowd waves to the helicopter. Job done

The crowd waves to the helicopter. Job done.  As for Karl – an hour later he was called out on a real “shout” with Penarth’s Insh0re lifeboat .

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10 Responses to NEW PENARTH CARNIVAL-DAY FORMAT CUTS CROWD-CONGESTION

  1. Frank Evans says:

    Great coverage as usual. Thank you pdn.☺

  2. AK says:

    Sadly missing the dozens of lorry floats that they used to have with all the local organisations represented in great numbers.

    I could never understand the ‘insurance’ excuse for getting rid of them.

    The vehicles were fully insured, and a call to the insurance company would have confirmed that there was a far lesser risk on the esplanade at 2mph that there is on the M4 at 70mph.

  3. adele_the_bell says:

    Samba! Samba Galez….samba beat, samba dancers, no salsa involved! They were a different group 😄

  4. jason says:

    and what was in the town center . sweet nothing all as usual . shame on the organisers

  5. Jamilla says:

    Was the quietest I had seen it in years down the front in the evening,when we arrived at esplanade after walking 20 minutes from parking,wondered why it was so quiet with no music or people,steward told us music up on cliff,we had to give it a miss,no way my disabled mother could have walked up that hill,& on top of the trek to & from the car..

  6. Dan Potts says:

    It was a nice try but the new format did not work, the attractions where spread too thinly with too much walking Involved. The esplanade was empty by 6pm with only 100 or so people at the cliff top.
    Please go back to the old format next year.

    • EH says:

      Agreed. The esplanade was pretty empty early afternoon as well. No atmosphere at all. though the weather didn’t help.

  7. 249ers says:

    I think the new format did work and there were plenty of people when I was there between 2 and 3 o’clock. What they didn’t get right was the transport between venues. Where was the bus service? Some form of transport iwas needed up and down the hill, especially as private cars were not permitted on The Esplanade.

  8. Ellabell says:

    £9 for a mug I would’ve felt mugged!!

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