A 20-minute-long fireworks display on Penarth Pier provided an early climax for Penarth Town Council’s so-called “Carnival Weekender” last night – although further events – including a high-wire walk and an RAF Falcons parachute display – are scheduled to take place later today .
It’s was the first time that the annual firework display has been held on a Friday night as opposed to the traditional Saturday.
The changes are part of the council’s plan to up-date the annual jamboree, refresh the mix of events and spread attractions more evenly across the period.
In previous years most of the events have been held on the Esplanade on a Saturday with the fireworks providing the climax of the evening to the what used to be Carnival Day- but the traditional parade of decorated floats mounted on the back of flatbed lorries has long gone. As part of the re-formatted “Carnival Weekender” the council also decided – with effect from this year – to end the “walking parades” of costumed groups which last year were led by a bagpipe band onto the Esplanade .