2017 Carnival Float - Entry Form

Closing date for entries is Friday 2nd June 2017.

Float Information and Guidance

The procession leaves the Nock Deighton Livestock and Auction Centre at 12 noon with presentation of prizes taking place on Severn Park once all floats have arrived.

In the interests of good relations with the public and police, the throwing of liquid from a float is not allowed.

Each Float:
1. Must be in the car park of the Livestock and Auction Centre by 11am at the latest
2. Must report to a Carnival Marshal on arrival
3. Must have at least two Float Stewards on foot accompanying the float who can be clearly seen by the driver. They should guard the sides of your float from crowding by spectators and help guide the driver through any pinch points.
4. Must have adequate insurance cover (copy to be provided to the Town Council)
5. Must have a risk assessment (copy to be provided to the Town Council)

IF YOU USE A PETROL GENERATOR YOU MUST HAVE A SUITABLE FIRE EXTINGUISHER ON YOUR FLOAT

Each Walking Entry:

1. Must be in the car park of the former Council offices at Westgate by 11.45am at the latest
2. Must report to a Carnival Marshal on arrival
3. Must have at least two Stewards on foot accompanying the walkers.
4. Must have adequate insurance cover (copy to be provided to the Town Council)
5. Must have a risk assessment (copy to be provided to the Town Council)

Float Guidance:
Bridgnorth Town Carnival is a community event, so anyone can get involved and enter a float! We have the following categories this year:

Categories:
• Individuals
• Schools/Youth Groups – Walking Entry & Float Entry
• Walking Entries
• Float
• Show Vehicle

Theme: There is no theme for the Carnival so let your imagination run wild...

People: It’s up to you how many people you have on your float but remember you will need at least 2 people to walk alongside your float to monitor health and safety and if there are children involved, you should have an adequate number of adult supervisors. All ages can take part and have fun!

We will need you to nominate one adult member of your group to be responsible for all aspects of safety. This person acts as a single point of contact between your group and the Carnival organisers both before and during the event.

Power: You can use the following:
Generator Ideal if you want to run several sources of light or sound
Inverter These can be powered from a car battery
Car Battery This is a good method if you want to attach 12v lighting to your float

Any electrical items in use must be waterproof, suitable for outside use and fitted safely. Remember light bulbs can get very hot. We also ask that mains-voltage equipment be properly inspected before use.

If you are using a generator, please take all necessary safety precautions when filling it. Use a funnel to minimalize splashing. You should never refill a fuel tank while the motor is hot. Carry no more spare fuel than you are likely to need, and keep it stored well away from sources of heat in suitable containers. Mop up any spillages and store the materials you use in an airtight container. We would recommend the use of LPG, diesel, low-voltage inverter or solar power rather than petrol-powered equipment.

Safety: Top Tips
- Make sure all your decorations are properly secure to your structure
- You shouldn’t have any nails/screws sticking out
- Make sure everyone riding on the float is going to stay safe and keeps away from the edge of the vehicle
- Don’t use any naked fames or fire
- Make sure your generators are positioned away from any flammable materials
- If you’re using an inverter make sure its connected to the car battery properly
- 2 Health and Safety Marshals must accompany each float and details of the Marshals must be provided to the Town Council
- Risk Assessment guidance is included in this pack
- We cannot guarantee good weather so please come prepared for the forecast conditions; you may need sun screen, warm clothes or waterproofs for example.
- Marshals will be located along the route to assist should you come into any difficulties.
- Costumes can be flammable; stay away from sources of heat.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Town Council on 01746 762231, townclerk@bridgnorthtowncouncil.gov.uk, Twitter @BnorthCarnival or Facebook www.facebook.com/BridgnorthTownCarnival

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