More than 700 people have signed up to take part in this year’s Newark Carnival, which has taken as its theme Newark Is Alive With The Sound Of Music.
The chairman of the carnival committee, Mrs Elaine Ellison, said about 20 groups had said they would be taking part so far and there was still time for more to join.
“We want everybody to be as rowdy and noisy as possible,” she said.
“In the past some people have said there has not been enough music so this year it will be a key part of the carnival.
“It doesn’t matter if you’re not musical, you could just dress up as something that encompasses the theme.”
The carnival has been organised in conjunction with the Newark Festival. It will be held on Sunday, June 22, when there will be a free fun day at the Riverside Park, finishing in the evening with fireworks.
Groups will start to gather in Newark Market Place from 10.30am before setting off at noon.
The chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council, Mrs Rita Crowe, has been asked to start the carnival, which will be led by Balderton Scout and Guide Band.
Others in the parade will include Newark Amateur Operatic Society, cheerleaders from the Charlotte Hamilton School of Dance and Newark Air Cadets.
Scooter riders, who will be taking part in a weekend rally at Newark and Notts Showground, will be at the end of the parade.
The route will take them along Stodman Street, right on to Castlegate and through the town centre.
They will finish at the Riverside Park where they will be welcomed by the Mayor of Newark, Mr Tom Bickley.
Carnival community co-ordinator Mr Howard Newport will introduce each group as they arrive at the park.
Performing arts students from Newark College will lead a sing-along karaoke and also sing on the main stage.
Mrs Ellison said: “We want to have a wonderful carnival atmosphere with as many people as possible taking part.
“It is one of Newark’s biggest community events and we want everybody to come along and enjoy it.”
To register visit www.newarkcarnival.com
Report: Newark Advertiser