Rio by the Sea is the theme of this year’s Eastbourne Carnival.
The carnival was brought back in 2012 after a break of 15 years and the organisers now aim to make it the biggest and best on the south coast.
Dave Cooper, pageant master, said, “The take up by entrants this year has surpassed previous years and we have floats and bands coming to us from as far away as Farnborough and London.
“The 2014 Carnival is being held on Saturday May 31 and we have also reversed the route from South Cliff to Princes Park as we need the additional space for forming up our even longer parade.
“The start time will remain at 4pm. This year’s event is a celebration of our fantastic town and it’s even more wonderful and varied communities.
“The theme is ‘Rio by the Sea’ which will bring a touch of samba to the event to celebrate the forthcoming Football World Cup in Brazil.
“I am acutely aware of the great efforts that entrants go to in preparing the floats and I cannot thank them enough. I am also delighted to see so many of them returning this year along with a number of new entries, which will greatly add to last year’s success.
“I would particularly like to extend my thanks to the key people who make the carnival happen. In my team we have a number of voluntary professionals who provide us with advice and assistance on all sorts of issues from crowd control to first aid, and from liaison with the emergency services to command and control matters.
“We could not run this popular event without their expert help and assistance. Much more work goes on behind the scenes than there is on the night!
“The marshals of course are an important feature of the event, and I would like to personally thank everyone who has stepped up to the plate.
“We couldn’t do it without them.”
Stephen Lloyd MP, who is the patron of the Eastbourne Carnival, added, “I am delighted that the demand for keeping the carnival has been so huge.
“The team are working flat out to make sure that this year’s event is a success, and I can see that the efforts of Dave and his team are coming together nicely.
“We could not do it without sponsorship though, so I am also pleased that Legal and General – owners of the Arndale Centre – have agreed to be principal sponsors of the event again this year.
“Our aim is to keep growing the Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival until in a few years it is the biggest on the South Coast, so do make sure you come along.”