CARNIVAL 2017: Bridgwater Carnival in Numbers
THE fabulous Bridgwater Carnival will set-off on Saturday (November 4, 2017) evening with tens of thousands of people lining the route and it really is all about the numbers - here are some interesting number-related facts connected with this year’s glittering procession.
1: Distance wise the procession route is just over 1.7 miles long, and the carnival will take more than two hours to pass any one viewing point.
2: Over 1,000,000 individual lights (lamps and LEDs) will illuminate the skyline as the carts meander around the streets of Bridgwater.
3: Over 8 Megawatts of electricity will power the 45 carnival carts taking part in this year's carnival procession.
4: Over 2,100 people are involved with the 101 entries in this year's event.
5: 1,600 traffic cones, 200 road traffic signs, 170 barriers, and 34 traffic marshals will be facilitating the 31 closed roads. The equipment will be set out by the carnival committee’s road traffic team in readiness for the 2017 carnival, with the first being laid out at 06:30 hours on carnival day, and the last collected at 03:30 hours the following morning. 80 radios will be in operation during the event.
6: 340 collectors will be on the streets on carnival day and night collecting for 20 different charities. They are expected to collect over 500,000 coins.
7: This year Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival has 70 Friends of Carnival – previously known as patrons. For more information visit www.bridgwatercarnival.org.uk/associates/friends.
8: All of the 2,448 grandstand seats were sold 5 weeks prior to the big day.
9: 53 trade stands will line the procession route on carnival night.
10: 195 people are expected to take part in this year’s squibbing display, 15 minutes after the procession has finished. The squibs are 300mm long by 200mm in circumference and hold approximately 1lb of gunpowder. 2017 marks 301 years since the first recorded evidence of squibbing in Bridgwater back in 1716.
11: 37 cups and trophies are awarded on carnival night by our 79 judges. Before the results are announced on the evening, 4,802 separate judging scores will need to be entered onto laptops to ascertain which entries came where.
12: 70 coaches / minibuses have already pre-booked to attend Bridgwater Carnival 2017.
13: 35 companies and organisations are official sponsors of Bridgwater Carnival 2017.
14: 6,545 people like the official Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Facebook page.
15: 4,451 people follow Bridgwater Carnival's official Twitter account.
16: In the last 12 months, the Carnival’s official website (www.bridgwatercarnival.org.uk), has received 195,533 hits including 2,528 from computer users living in America, 425 from Spain, 366 from France, 343 from Germany, 343 from Australia, and 249 from Canada.
17: Various research projects and studies have concluded that Bridgwater Carnival is worth an estimated £4,000,000 annually to the local economy - £2,000,000 during the weekend of the carnival and a further £2,000,000 from carnival related activities throughout the year.
18: The FREE Bridgwater Carnival app, which is available from Google Play and the App Store, has been downloaded by 1,185 people.
19: 2017 is the 412th anniversary of The Gunpowder Plot.
20: This year over 1,500 local school children have been taking part in educational activities organised by Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival Committee. Over 90 children are taking part in the children’s dance parade on carnival day, and 23 large masks have been decorated by 14 schools/nurseries which have been distributed to 23 retailers in and around the town centre.
21: In the last six years Bridgwater Carnival related activities have raised over £138,000 for the official Bridgwater Guy Fawkes Carnival charity and other local supported charities.