The Falmouth Marching Carnival is the highlight of the town’s annual events calendar and kicks off the start of Falmouth Week which is held this year on the Saturday 10th August 2019.
A major attraction for locals and visitors alike. Falmouth Week has evolved into not only a major sailing competition in the Southwest of England but also an opportunity for sailors and landlubbers to enjoy the many daytime and evening attractions throughout the town. The Falmouth Marine Band have been organising the Falmouth Carnival since 2006, when the event was in near collapse because of insurance and other problems.
Today it is known as the Falmouth Marching Carnival. The Falmouth Marching Carnival, led by the Falmouth Marine Band starts at the Falmouth Rugby Club at around 11.00 where parents, children and supporters can join in the fun and enjoy light refreshments and various shenanigans before the precession begins around 18:30.
Falmouth’s Marching Carnival is led proudly through the town by the infamous Falmouth Marine Band. With band leader Keith Hosen at the helm supported by the FMB WAG’S and volunteers. Every penny raised is donated to support Cornish causes or the local community. There is no mistaking the Falmouth Marine Band as it entertains the crowds on its way through Falmouth town centre with the melodious strains of the oil drums of the Falmouth Marine Band, beating down Killigrew Street, along Market Street, Church Street, Arwennack Street and Grove Place. With the Falmouth Marine Band often stopping along the way to fire the chicken from the cannon while generally adding madness and mayhem of the day, along with Betty Stogs who always entertains spectators as the peoples favourite ‘Carnival Queen’.
The marching parade finishes with a free Carnival Party down on Events Square (Discovery Quay). Expect toe-tapping tunes, street food, and plenty of local brews. The Falmouth Carnival is when the Falmouth Marine Band reveal their closely guarded costume or uniform for the forthcoming year. The bands long-suffering supporters will be delighted to hear that the upheld tradition of ‘not attending any rehearsals’ still applies in order to maintain the unique sound loved over the last two decades.
The Recreation Ground