Guy Fawkes Carnivals  


How the floats are judged and prizes awarded.

Carnival floats broadly fall into two main types: static, or tableaux carts, and feature carts.

The tableax will depict a scene, e.g. from fiction, film or TV, and part of the presentational skill is for the characters to remain completely still - a difficult task over a procession route of several miles.

Feature carts are also built around a theme but they are dynamic and may involve complex moving structures and dancing or miming crew.

For the purposes of judging though many different classifications are created with their own criteria and qualities for which points are awarded. One distinction might be whether a cart is local or visiting, separate awards are often given for juvenile entries, and even the towing vehicles and drivers can be subject to an award.

Carnival floats are evaluated not just in categories but also according to a range of criteria:

First impressions count - the overall effect and impact which a float makes on the spectator is a prime consideration.

Build quality - workmanship and technical skills are of the highest order in the construction of the carts and these are assesd and taken into account.

Lighting - since these are 'illuminated carnivals' then the lighting is paramount.It is not simply the volume of light or the number of bulbs used, but it is the effectiveness and artistry which count.

Costume and make-up - the characters depicted on the float are only brought to life and make the cart theme complete by quality, detail and accuracy of the costumes, and the authencity of the make-up.

Movement / immobility - two completely opposite qualities but each essential to the appropriate type of theme:
• On a feature cart the effectiveness of the movement and how appropriate it is to the theme.
• For a tableaux, points will be given for how the theme is depicted and the ability of the figures to maintain their poses.

Toppers: Jack Frost Shambles: Scoobydoo Fellowship: Ice Magic