Colourful carnival parade set to launch Burntisland Civic Week

The royal party who will lead the Burntisland Civic Week celebrations
The royal party who will lead the Burntisland Civic Week celebrations

Organisers of Burntisland Civic Week are celebrating this month’s World Cup by launching the annual event with a colourful ‘Rio carnival parade’.

Residents and visitors to Burntisland will be invited to put on their party shoes on Saturday, June 21 as this year’s Rio carnival parade wynds its way through the streets to the rhythm of samba and steel drums.

Revellers can join in the fun, music and dance alongside street entertainers and colourful characters in carnival costumes.

The civic week will officially launch at 12.30 p.m. with the crowning of the new Summer King Finn Wallace and Queen, Joana Barron, in Burntisland Parish Church.

They will then lead the dance with the Rio Carnival Parade at 12.50 p.m. through Burntisland High Street into the Links car park.

The fun continues from 1.15 p.m until 3.30 p.m on Burntisland Links with the Kingdom FM Roadshow, kindly sponsored by Fife College, taking centre stage and hosting a great line up of events including: street entertainers, a steel band, sponsored by BiFab; W3L Wrestling, funded by Briggs Marine; stilt walkers, sponsored by Myrtle Coffee and Fife Falconry Display, funded by BH Plumbing and Heating.

Other sponsors include: Arnold Clark, Smart Electrics, Exxon Mobil, Hurd Rolland, Dunearn Masonic Lodge, Bett Homes, Rotary, Rosie’s Disco and Fife Print Centre for programme design and printing.

There will also be a disco dancing display at 2.00 p.m, a countryside ranger exhibit, face painting, Burntisland’s fire engine and crew, fancy dress competition and a variety of stalls.

Morna Beuzeval, chairman of the organising committee, told The Press: “Special praise has to go to all the sponsors this year, without their help we could not have put on all the activities to make this the best parade ever.

‘‘All the team are looking forward to the event - we are just hoping for a sunny day.”

Local councillor Susan Leslie said: “I’m very much looking forward to another fantastic Burntisland Civic Week. The organisers have done an amazing job of ensuring that there is something for everyone and the Rio theme is the perfect accompaniment to the World Cup. I’d encourage all residents to get involved.”

Fellow ward councillor George Kay added: “Having worked with the civic week committee for the last six months it is always encouraging to witness the enthusiasm, dedication and sheer hard work that the committee put into making the programme so complete.

‘‘I am sure I can speak for all the citizens of our town in thanking them for creating what will be a magical time in our town.”