All roads lead to Kirkcaldy for carnival day

Kirkcaldy carnival
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Forget Rio and even Notting Hill as the sights and sounds of the carnival come to Kirkcaldy today (Saturday).

The third annual Fife International Carnival takes place on Saturday and you are all invited.

Over 10,000 people are expected to turn out for the event with performers coming from across the globe to be part of the show. The whole event is FREE and there will be a wealth of entertainment in the very heart of town.

As well as the parade, there will be stages and performance areas around Kirkcaldy town centre.

It promises to be an afternoon of fantastic music and dance to get your feet tapping.

The carnival parade begins at 3pm, but members of the public are advised to get there early to soak up the atmosphere and see all the colourful feathered and sequinned costumes.

There are two stages in the Town Square PLUS four performance areas situated along the High Street. The High Street performance areas will be located at the YMCA Shop, outside Costa Coffee, Tolbooth Street and at the foot of Kirk Wynd.

Town Square Main Stage

Soulfool Band: Hailing from Budapest, it’s a New Orleans-inspired jazz band.

XXL: Coming from Spain this group will get the crowds going with an energetic performance of urban and contemporary dance. SMOUTH: A street theatre show with dancers and musicians from Greece.

KalentuRa: Living up to its name, which means heat, this Caribbean style drum band from the Netherlands are set to deliver tropical temperatures.

Barefeet: Coming all the way from Zambia, the Barefeet Theatre group will put on a showstopping performance of dance, music and theatre.

Immortal Style: A breakdance crew from Cape Town, South Africa.

Town Square Dance Stage

BANDAKADABRA: From Italy this uplifting and fun band plays a wide range of instruments including brass, reeds and drums spanning different genres of music.

Durban Music School Jazz Band: South African jazz.

YMTS JOIN THE CARNIVAL:Fifers have been getting into the carnival spirit in recent weeks learning carnival dance and drumming skills. They will now be showcasing their new found skills.

Fanfare: Brass and drums from Holland.

Other acts performing in various places on the High Street are:

ASSOC. ENJOY: Walk about Comedia del Arte work from Italy.

Gwaneval: A folkloric group from Martinique.

Bombrando: Hailing from Portugal, this band blends the unusual sounds of percussion with the Portuguese bagpipes to play a wide range of different music.

ACAS Sintra: A beautiful, unique and authentic dance troupe from Portugal.

Come and be part of the Fife International Carnival – the biggest parade Fife has ever seen.

It’s happening in the heart of Kirkcaldy on Saturday and is completely free.

All you have to do is get here...

By train: Kirkcaldy train station is only a short walk from the town centre and the heart of the action. Head through the War Memorial Gardens and simply follow the sign posts to the Town Square and the High Street.

By bus: From Leven, jump on the 7, X26 or X58.

From Glenrothes, take the X37 or X40.

From Cupar, get the X42.

From Dunfermline, take the X26 or X27.

Parking: Kirkcaldy town centre offers 15 car parks with more than 3000 spaces available all within walking distance from the High Street. The parking charges vary in price throughout the town centre, however there are also free car parks available nearby. These are situated at the Esplanade and at the railway station.

Where to go: There will be two stages set up at the town square on Wemyssfield, one for dancing and one for music.

The carnival parade, which starts at 3pm, will head through the town centre with performances from the different acts taking place on a number of different stages.

Food and drink: Kirkcaldy boasts many cafes, bars and coffee shops and takeaways throughout the town centre area offering visitors anything from light snacks to full meals.

Share your snaps: The Fife International Carnival promises to be a vibrant and entertaining affair which many of you will capture on camera. We’d like to see and share your snaps with our readers. Send us any pictures to ffpnews@fifetoday.co.uk, post them on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/fifefreepress or www.facebook.com/kirkcaldy4all or alternatively post them on Twitter using @FFP.

Wet weather plans

In the event of wet weather the parade may be cancelled and performance stages will be relocated indoors. Performances will be found in the Atrium at Fife College’s St Brycedale Campus on St Brycedale Road and in the Mercat Shopping Centre. Keep up to date with the plans online by visiting www.facebook.com/fifecarnival