Carnival is coming to town this summer!

Carnival is coming to Kirkcaldy
Carnival is coming to Kirkcaldy

FORGET Rio, ignore Notting Hill, and nudge aside thoughts of New Orleans ... carnival time is coming to Kirkcaldy this summer!

The town is set to host the first ever Fife International Carnival direct from the Edinburgh festival - and it promises to deliver a riot of colour, sound and music with a huge ‘wow’ factor.

It takes place on Saturday, July 20, and it’s totally free, sparking hopes of a huge insurge of visitors to the town centre over the weekend.

Over 150 inter national performers will hit the town for two and half hours of live music, street theatre and dance and a fantastic parade around the town centre.

There will be stages built in the Town Square as well as bands playing in the heart of the town centre.

And colourful costumes will underline the carnival theme ... with an invite to dress up and be part of the parade!

The carnival has been backed by On At Fife, Fife Cultural Trust and the organisers of Edinburgh Festival Carnival - and is also backed by Kirkcaldy4All and Fife Council.

The bill includes musicians, dancers, and street theatre from the West Indies, South Indian Ocean, USA, and across Europe.

They will join local groups to transform the town centre into a colourful Scottish version of Rio or New Orleans.

Bill Harvey, of Kirkcaldy4All, said the town was the ‘‘perfect location’’ for such an event, and he hoped the influx of visitors would have a spin-off for local businesses.

With £7000 of funding from Kirkcaldy Common Good Fund and £3500 from the area committee’s local budget, local councillors are also backing the event.

Councillor Neil Crooks, chairman of the area committee, predicted an ‘‘awesome street spectacle.’’

And he added: “I believe this will be the biggest event this summer anywhere in Fife.”

Among the acts crossing the Forth to perform in the Lang Toun are top R ‘n’ B band The California Honeydrops from San Francisco, Gwanaval from Martinique, The Country Boys from Trinidad, and the drummers and dancers of Kalentura.

There are also break dancers, urban dancers plus the pipes and drums of Bombarda from Portugal on the huge bill.