Burntisland’s very own Rio carnival will kick off the town’s Civic Week in style this weekend.
In celebration of the World Cup in Brazil, locals are hoping to score a home goal this Saturday with their own take on a Rio carnival parade.
Preparations began last weekend when Burntisland Civic Week King, Finn Wallace, and Queen, Joana Barron, enjoyed a Samba lesson with local instructor Pamela Spowart who showed them the moves during a barbecue at the the Toll Centre.
The carnival will kick off with community groups, street entertainers and Burntisland Pipe Band parading down the High Street at 1.00 p.m.
This will follow the crowning of the Burntisland Civic King and Queen in Burntisland Parish Church at 12.30 p.m.
Morna Beuzeval, chairman of the Burntisland Civic Week committee, told The Press: “We are putting on a spectacular event this Saturday, bringing in the Black Star Steel Band to give us the authentic taste of Rio music. There will also be dancing, street acts, and an extravaganza of fancy dress costumes to give everyone a real feel of a Brazilian carnival.
“We hope people will come and join us - the fun starts at 12.30 p.m, remember to bring your whistle.”
The parade will then continue to the pedestrianised Links Car Park for the ‘Rio Carnival Party’ with Kingdom FM, sponsored by Fife College, until 3.30 p.m.
There will be entertainment for all ages including: W3L Wrestling, stilt walkers, Fife Falconry display, a disco dancing showcase, a countryside ranger exhibit, face painting, Burntisland’s fire engine and crew, fancy dress competition and a variety of stalls.
Wendy Hawthorne, one of the event organisers, said: “It should be a great family afternoon of entertainment - we have ensured all events and activities are free.
‘‘We have the W3L Wrestlers, Kingdom of Fife Falconry Display, street entertainers, a fancy dress competition, pony rides, home baking stalls and much, much more.”
Local councillors George Kay and Susan Leslie are both looking forward to the official launch of civic week this weekend and encouraged locals to attend.
Other activities taking place during Burntisland Civic Week (June 20-29) include a civic week dance, heritage walks, a sandcastle competition, treasure hunt on the Links, a guided family bike ride and picnic, sailing club races, civic week quiz and a Burntisland ceilidh party.
For more information on events log on to Burntisland Civic Week’s Facebook page.