02:31AM, Friday 30 March 2012
This year's Maidenhead Carnival will be a right royal occasion.
The annual event is one of the biggest in the town's calendar and this year has been brought forward to coincide with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
It will be held on June 2-3 and the search has begun for entertainers, clubs and groups to take part.
Carnival chairman and Maidenhead town centre manager Steph James said: "Carnival 2012 is going to be a great event for Maidenhead and will also double up as an opportunity to get behind the national celebrations for the diamond jubilee.
"We hope that even more people get involved this year to make it an event to remember in Maidenhead."
It will include all the usual events except Battle of the Bands.
The fun will kick off on the Saturday with Maidenhead Arts Council on the hunt for performers to showcase their talents on the stage in Kidwells Park.
It is looking for dance groups, bands, singers, salsa dancers and more to keep the crowds clapping.
Fun and games including bouncy castles and face painting will be hosted by the Magnet Leisure Centre in the tennis courts on Saturday and Sunday with money raised going to the Advertiser Community Appeal.
At 8.30pm the evening concert will begin with fantastic music and a spectacular firework finale at 10.30pm.
People are being called to sign up for an extra special Diamond Jubilee Carnival Parade on the Sunday which usually sees about 500 people wind their way through the town in an explosion of colour and sound.
Organisers are working with Windsor and Maidenhead Community Foundation to make it bigger and better this year.
Everyone is then invited to a picnic in the park which will be followed at 2pm by the kids fun run and The Link Foundation Maidenhead Relay Marathon which is now in its fifth year.
A relaxing afternoon concert will be held from 3-4pm to close the carnival.
For a third year in a row money raised from the carnival will be donated to the Link Foundation, which supports disadvantaged children and families.
Contact Steph on 01628 796128 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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