Ruby Anniversary for Altrincham Festival
The Altrincham and District Festival is celebrating its Ruby Anniversary in 2017; the 40th glorious year for this fantastic free event. The organisers are hoping that everyone will take this ruby theme to their hearts! 2017 is the Queen’s Sapphire Anniversary and so the red and blue, so often rivals on the football field around here, can come together for an extra colourful festival this year.
The big day is on the 1st of July but planning is already underway. The organisers are looking for groups to take part in the Grand Parade. Everyone is invited to take part, including local schools, faith groups, charities, groups and businesses and it would be great to have the biggest and best carnival ever in this anniversary year. There are also spaces on the showground for you to showcase your local group, good cause or business.
Everyone is welcome to join the carnival parade!
Lots of new ideas are in the mix with a celebrity walk being planned as part of the Grand Parade and an exhibition in the town to highlight the Festival’s 40 years of history and local involvement. If you have any old photos, films or memories that you would like to share then please get in touch.
It is fantastic to hear the horse show will be returning to the Festival after a gap of 16 years. Hopefully, this will take place on Sunday 2nd July.
Another exciting innovation is the Altrincham Fringe Festival which will showcase the local talent we have in the Altrincham and district area. The Altrincham Fringe will involve a series of musical events that will take place during the month of June 2017 in the run up to The Altrincham Festival at venues throughout the area. The organisers are looking for offers from bands, singers and musicians of all types to perform at the events; offers of sponsorship to pay performers legitimate expenses; offers from venues to provide hosting; offers from equipment companies who may be able to provide PAs, staging and stage equipment, amps, instruments and other electrical equipment.
There are still some traditional aspects though, with the eagerly anticipated Festival Rose Bud and Rose Queen. The closing date for applications for both is the 28th February and remember that the Rose Bud should be aged 8 to 11 and the Festival Queen over the age of 18.
The showground will have lots of old favourites
With around 15 thousand people expected to attend the Festival it’s going to be a very special day for everyone involved. It’s also going to be very busy and the organisers are on the lookout for volunteers to help as parade marshals and in lots of other roles.