A taste of Rio in the heart of town centre

Carnival in Kirkcaldy high street''(c) David Wardle
Carnival in Kirkcaldy high street''(c) David Wardle

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Kirkcaldy’s town centre as Fife International Carnival returns on Saturday.

Organisers are hoping the weather will stay dry to allow the colourful street parade to take place and the Lang Toun to come alive with carnival spirit.

We look forward to everyone joining us for a great family day out

Over 300 performers, including 170 acts from around the world, are due in town for the big event and, as well as creating a great day out for locals and visitors alike, it is also hoped it can help boost the town centre’s economy.

The carnival is organised by Jazz Scotland, in partnership with Fife Cultural Trust, and supported by Fife Council and Kirkcaldy4All.

Bill Harvey, manager of Kirkcaldy4All, said: “Already a great favourite for many residents and visitors, Fife International Carnival showscases how vibrant Kirkcaldy town centre can be.

“Kirkcaldy4all supports this event and we hope this year’s carnival will be an even bigger success for the town – benefiting both the public and the town centre businesses.”

Imagine the sights and sounds of Rio transported to Kirkcaldy – and brought to life by a cast which comes from across the globe.

From breakdancers and rappers to stiltwalkers, the carnival will summon the spirit of New Orleans as it winds its way along the High Street.

And the performers will be dressed to thrill in costumes that are big, bright and utterly striking.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of Kirkcaldy area committee, said: “We look forward to everyone joining us for a great family day out as we follow a sea of colour, creation and music all over the town centre and we urge everyone take advantage of the wide range of entertainment and activities on offer.

“I’ve no doubt all those who do will have a great time.”

The parade is due to start at 3pm from the Town Square, with performers making their way along the High Street.

Following the parade, the musicians and dancers will be entertaining the crowds for the remainder of the afternoon at two stages in the Town Square, as well as four others on the pedestrianised area on the High Street.

Laurie Piper, from Fife Cultural Trust, said: “Everyone loves a good carnival – and this is a spectacular example of the diverse range of visitor attractions the Kingdom has to offer.”

Following a glorious day for the first ever Fife International Carnival in 2013, last year’s event was badly hit by wet weather.

However this year, wet weather contingency plans are in place, with performance spaces to be set up within the Mercat and Fife College’s St Brycedale campus.