Festival goers are being asked to take along umbrellas or parasols to a village festival this spring.
All turning out to support Goosnargh and Whittingham Whitsuntide Festival – on Saturday, May 31 – are being invited to join in the procession with decorated umbrellas or parasols and walk behind a mardi gras style jazz parade band.
After a special festivals in recent years celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Preston Guild and the twinning of the Goosnargh and Whittingham festival with the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival in Nova Scotia, Canada, festival organisers decided they needed a special idea to keep up the momentum.
Festival secretary Stephanie Butters said: “At the recent committee meeting lots of new ideas were put forward and the focus for this year’s festival is that we would like the community to get behind the idea of decorating an umbrella or parasol so that the whole theme can be umbrellas.
“We would like people to bring along decorated umbrellas to join in the procession. We have got the Eclipse Parade Band, who are very popular and everyone loves the guy with the umbrella who leads them.”
She said residents with houses or businesses along the procession route were being urged to decorate gardens or windows with umbrellas and parasols.
Organisers are also appealing for anyone who would be willing to paint faces on the day from 1pm-2pm, so that festival goers can watch or join in the procession with painted faces too, to come forward
Also, the 22-strong retinue of this year’s festival queen elect Abbie Cornall looks set to the largest for quite a few years.