THERE will be no parade at this year’s Leamington Carnival.
The procession of floats has been a regular feature of the carnival but organisers say it is now too expensive.
A carnival spokesperson said: “It is with huge disappointment that this July Leamington Carnival will only host a festival.
“We’ve had to make this difficult decision as we have been unable to secure funding for the parade element which costs in the region of £6,000 to host. Since bringing back the carnival, we’ve good financial support, but it has been with its difficulties over the years.
“The team have done their best to secure funding for this year’s parade, but it has simply been impossible. The team think this side of the event has sadly seen it’s day and won’t take place again, unless we get a significant sponsor come forward.’
“The carnival will continue as normal, however will only be in a festival format which will take place on the Pump Room Gardens with Barkers Amusements.
“We hope visitors will still come out in their thousands to support what will be a great day of food, drink, arts, crafts, live music and fun fair. Our Carnival team will make donations towards local charities following the festival.”
This year’s carnival takes place on Saturday July 11.