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Abbots Langley Carnival, a great day out

So I was finally roped into attending the carnival of my old village Abbots Langley. Somehow, though I lived there for four years and I still have ties to the place, I have always seemed to have found something better to do. No such excuses yesterday.

Let me take you though the parade. Yep, the whole of it, for it won't take long and if I just pick out the highlights, there wouldn't be any...



As my friend knows locals, we managed to grab a place to stand before the other three people crowds turned up.

First up, the band of the Sea Cadets led by Official Man on Mobile Phone!

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Next we are dazzled by the radiant beauty of the Abbots Langley Carnival Queen! (the blonde girl)

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Greyhounds Make Great pets!

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This man is (probably) British!

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The elegant, serene dignity that is Britannia. There's probably a bit of sad truth in that bit of sarcasm.

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Float 1. Bedmond School. Royalists I assume. Do you think they know that in the Civil War, the area came out for Parliament?

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Then we have a parade of people not making an effort people dressed in the mode of the decades of the Queen's Glorious Reign.

1950's. Beyond Mini!Sir Edmund Hillary, a man holding up Mount Everest and a jukebox, I'm not seeing much of the decade there to be honest.

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Then I blinked and missed 20 years and it was the 1980's!

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1990's. Hey, it's Baby Spice in a stripey hoodie, but I didn't need to tell you that, did I.

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The 2000's. Not a clue.

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The Animal Olympics. Even the animal kingdom can't escape.

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Abbots Langley Scouts can't wait for the Olympics. Can you just not help being swept up in all that enthusiasm?

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Some women in pink for some reason.

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The Wembley Eclipse Majorettes. Whoo! How bloody far away is Wembley? Flipping miles, that's what.

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The Watford Fair Trade Men! Watford is a fair trade town, dontcha know. No, I don't know what that means either.

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Float 2. Abbots Langley School. 'Olympics Through the Ages' Mainly the sitting down events.

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Float 3. Tanners Wood School. Challengers for those coveted sitting down gold medals.

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The car from the local radio station, Vibe. Never heard of them. But I listen to Radio 4.

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More baton twirlers.

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Float 4. The local builders, built a... something? A carriage you can't see? And they where towing a boat. Oh, is it meant to be the Royal Barge? (they didn't make this at the last minute, by any chance?

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The local bus! Actually part of the parade! I think.

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Yet more baton dropping twirling.

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Run, it's the karate club! They have weapons!

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Float 5. It's the Olympian Gods!

Oh. It's just the funeral directors. They won First Prize!

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A fire thingy.

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Some vintage cars.

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The Parish Council van!

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And to finish, of course the grand finale is a man and a poodle.

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Joking aside. Five floats was all they could muster. I feel rather sorry for the village. It's not a small village by any means, yet if it wasn't for mums accompanying their children, the parade would have been very thin.

However.

They did do quite good fun day on the cricket pitch, with a dog show, a motorcycle show, a petting zoo, 'craft' stalls (more like the local charity shops taking advantage of the crowds) and bouncy castles.
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This amused me. Win a meerkat! Or lose and win a totally random hammer! (It was inflatable):

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Plus, as the village is next door to Leavesden Studios, home of the Harry Potter films,. they sent along................. Owls! Bloody Owls!

They were lovely though.

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And that was it. Except bumping into someone I was at school with that I haven't seen for 20 years who didn't recognise me.




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OWLS! ACTUAL OWLS! Beyond adorable!

#deep comment is deep

I swear, they are following me!

Oooh, no! That has to be the most relaxing gif ever.

I may have to link to that post. :-)

Pretty owls.

As for the rest, I can tell how much you loved the experience.

It wasn't so bad. The fun day was alright, but the parade was just a bit sad and joyless.

Edited at 2012-06-10 09:42 pm (UTC)

We just don't seem to do big glitzy parades, do we?

No.

Though I thought we used to. I remember going every year to the Watford carnival and it was fun and exciting and there were loads of floats and it was all happy and stuff. Maybe it was never like that and I'm just old and cynical now.

Maybe those pink ladies were for breast cancer?

Float 5. It's the Olympian Gods!

Maybe it's a toga party ...

I suspect so, but I managed to dodge their leaflets so I'm not 100% sure.

Hah! Perhaps that was what they were going to do afterwards!

Aww that last Owl is so bloody cute!

"Float 5. It's the Olympian Gods!

Oh. It's just the funeral directors. They won First Prize!"

*hoots* Fantastic stuff!! :D

That Little Owl was so gorgeous! Those eyes! He was worth the effort alone.

The funeral directors usually win, so I'm told.

This makes me feel much much better about the parades I went to in my hometown when I was young. Of course every parade along the Gulf Coast has to do the Mardi Gras thing and throw stuff at people, even if it isn't a Mardi Gras parade. When I was a kid it was candy. If it was Mardi Gras it was beads, doubloons, and candy. P:

I kinda want that Union Jack dress Britannia's wearing!

I'm sure my hazy memory remembers carnivals in the past throwing things, but not to Mardi Gras levels. Doubloons? Oooh! (I suspect you mean only chocolate?)

Perhaps you could wear it with a bit more flair?

Mardi Gras doubloons are made of aluminum and have the insignia of whatever krewe or organization are throwing them, so they can be collectible. I wish they were chocolate! They throw all kinds of stuff at Mardi Gras parades now, it gets insane.

The 2000's. Not a clue.

LMAO! XD Your entire commentary was hilarious...and I LOVE your parade! Hell, next to the parades put on by my hometown, yours was right up there with Macy's Thanksgiving Day! The costumes and floats are really cute and clever, especially the one with people wearing masks of the royal family. The baton twirlers are adorable, and so is the "grand finale" poodle. In my little northeast Texas town we only have a Christmas parade that consists of about three cars covered in tinsel garland and a flatbed trailer, and a rodeo parade made up of nothing but eight city blocks of people plodding down the street on horseback.

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Massive crowds gather for the event:

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Okay, you win, but eight blocks of horses sounds great to me! (apart from the clearing up afterwards)

*g* The rodeo parade would be completely fun if it weren't so damn hot. It's always held on the last weekend in June, when the temperature is usually around 100 degrees F (38 degrees C), and it's miserable staggering into the pasture, catching your horse, saddling and bridling it, and plodding down the road on it to the gathering area and waiting for the parade to begin -- then doing the same thing all over again to participate in the Grand Entry parade inside the arena at the rodeo itself. (The Grand Entry parade is much more dramatic than the street parade; you follow the leader single-file and get to trot your horse around flag-bearers in formation, then gallop full-tilt out of the arena while gripping your hat to keep it from flying off your head. Yee-hah!)

The last street parade I participated in was a few years ago, when my little nephew wanted to ride in it. I'd intended to ride our old mare (a full-size horse) and lead Nephew on a pony -- but by the time I got the pony ready I was almost sick from the heat and so drenched with sweat that you could have wrung water out of my panties, so I gave up and just lead the pony on foot. I was the only person in the parade who was not on a horse, but Nephew & Pony looked so adorable that everyone awwwwed and squeed at them and paid no attention to the woman walking beside them, hopping over piles of horse shit:

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Oh good! Nice to see you are enjoying the same dull, colorless weather we are. I enjoyed viewing the photos of the parade, though, the best bits were your commentary! My favorite part of this is actually the 'free hammer if you lose' sign on the... cricket pitch? What is a cricket pitch? Is that like a field where you play cricket? The owls are cute too!

Told you so. And that was the best day, it's been constant rain since. The Olympics are going to be great. Usian Bolt better be practising his swimming!

Yes, cricket/football (the proper kind the rest of the world plays, not your kind where the ball has nothing to do with the foot ;) ) pitch = field.


And a good time was had by all!

As good as it gets anyway.

I can see why the funeral directors won! But am now imagining them turning up to work in those outfits...

And the owls look as if they may have been the high spot. But then all our towns and villages that used to have a carnival have given up, so kudos to them for having a go!

They didn't when they cremated bmy grand-parents, thankfully.

The owls were my high spot anyway.

The towns here have given up too. It's a shame. I was saying over the Jubilee, that this country needs more proper celebrations that aren't just about Royalty.


I love owls. I love birds of prey in general. (As does huntingospray, the clue's in the name..!) Those one look gorgeous. I mean, they could kill a rodent without effort, but still, gorgeous.

I ought to do the Leavesden studios visit, I mean, it's bang on our doorstep, I've no excuse.

And the two people dressed up as the Rubik's Cube and the mobile 'phone? That's some pretty impressive cosplay going on there.

I loved that Little Owl, but he was a bit nervous of the crowds. I'd rather see the birds flying free tbh.

I haven't done the tour yet either. It looks very good.


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