Pudsey Carnival organisers have launched an appeal to help keep the popular parade along the town’s streets going.
The carnival is run each year by a group of dedicated volunteers – but this year the police have stopped their support of the parade, which runs from Queens Park and through the town centre.
This means organisers are having to employ a private traffic management company at a cost of £1,500 to manage the roads around Pudsey on carnival day.
Event organiser Simon Seary has set up a Justgiving page where people can donate to help make the parade happen. He said if everyone who attended the carnvival donated just 10p, the appeal would soon hit its target:
“… Many carnivals have stopped organising parades due to costs, but we feel we need to keep it going and it adds to the overall experience.
“So this year we are having to use a road traffic management company to close the roads for the parade, the cost for the parade to take place will be £1,500. So we really do need everyone’s support.”
The appeal has so far raised over £270 over the Easter weekend. One donator said on Justgiving:
“Too many things are being taken away from us. Keep Pudsey Carnival Parade! Everyone in Pudsey should be able to support, even a small donation can help.”
Organisers are also calling on Pudsey’s groups and organisations to join in and help make the parade the best one yet.
A fun fair, stalls, games and events will run as normal on Queens Park. The carnival will be held on May 21.
More details on the Pudsey Carnival Facebook page.