The centrepiece of Carnival is the Parade. Around midday the Decorated Floats arrive in the village car park. They are joined by entrants for the Fancy Dress classes and, by the marching bands, and any of the Classic Vehicles wishing to take part in the Parade.
Meanwhile the Band leading the Parade and the Carnival Queen’s Float join the Chairman and the Official Opener opposite the Star Inn. At 1.00pm the Band set off, followed by the Official Opener and the Chairman in an open topped, classic car.
They are followed by the Carnival Queen, her Deputy and Attendants. After about 200 yards the rest of the Parade join on behind the Queen’s Float and proceed through the village to the Carnival Field arriving about 45 minutes later.
The Floats are judged in three categories, Adults, Children and Business. Judging takes place somewhere on route so their performance is taken into account as well as the decoration. The winning Float in each category will receive prizes.
One of the Children’s Floats is given a special award (The Donna Jones Trophy) for outstanding effort which commemorates the brave fight against leukaemia of one young girl from Eynsham who always enjoyed Carnival. Although the Fancy Dress Entrants parade through the village they are judged when they reach the Carnival Field in age categories. Prizes are awarded.