Planning for the 2014 Carnival is well under way, and we need your help. We have drawn up a shortlist of 3 possible themes for 2014, all of them very attractive. We want you to vote on which one you would like to see. The options are:
Musical Hanwell, Hanwell has a long and proud musical tradition. The Hootie earlier this year proved that music is in our blood not in our past.This theme would be bound to be vibrant and noisy!
World Cup Nations. All eyes will be on Brazil in the summer of 2014 with 32 nations competing for the World Cup. Colourful national dress or traditions would make this a great theme.
Summer Solstice / The Seasons. Hanwell Carnival always takes place on the 3rd Saturday in June. This year it will be the 21st which is the longest day of the year, the Summer Solstice. Hanwell Carnival won't take place again on this day until 2025 so it would be great to celebrate this important day and the seasons generally.
The voting panel is on the right, let us know which you favour.
Last year an estimated 22,000 people braved the temperamental weather to enjoy the many attractions at Hanwell Carnival.
There really was something for everyone – live music, a petting farm, funfair and the ever-popular dog show.
There were more than a couple of firsts for the carnival this year. QPR joined the line-up and ran competitions and coaching sessions, and the Met Police brought one of its helicopters and a couple of vintage cars. There was also a wild zoo, crocodiles and pony rides.
The community stage, hosted by Hanwell’s very own Westside Radio, ran the first ever Hanwell’s Got Talent competition, and last year’s Jamming Tent evolved into a new Acoustic Tent, which featured a small but high-quality sound stage for acoustic instruments only.
Alastair Mitton, chairman of the carnival, said: “Hanwell Carnival is an example of a true community event.
"There were more than 50 volunteers who gave up their time to steward the event, 36 businesses, large and small, who took adverts in the programme, and a number of other companies who sponsored aspects of the event or provided their goods, services or expertise.
“I was staggered by the effort that was put into the costumes for the parade by children and adults. The Metropolitan Police’s helicopter was a great hit, as was the football zone put on by Queens Park Rangers.
“Some 45 charities took part, many of them local, and it is for them that the carnival was founded back in 1898. It all adds up to demonstrate the affection the carnival has in the collective hearts of the public.”