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First Prize for best Carnival Troupe Nottingham Carnival 2016

City Arts & Can Samba’s Flying Free Carnival Troupe at Nottingham Carnival featured samba beats, dancing bees, twirling ‘Bianas’, mobility-scooter floats, our giant parrot and two brand new magpie puppets.

In the lead up to carnival, over one hundred participants, volunteers and artists have been working hard to make the carnival troupe as accessible and inclusive as possible.

For the second year running, people whose mobility might have otherwise excluded them from the procession featured on extravagantly decorated ‘mono-floats’. The floats were designed and built around shop-mobility scooters, generously lent to us by the Broadmarsh Shopmobility Scheme. They allowed Betty from Millbeck House, who at 96 is our oldest troupe member, to enter into the spirit of carnival.

A big thank you to all the residents at Millbeck, Sycamore and Radford Care Group for helping us make our new birds Burt ‘n Joyce (Mr & Mrs Magpie). Residents painted the wings and added all the glitzy bits onto them and they looked stunning!

The new magpies would not have been made without the expertise and creativity of artists Jess Kemp and Tony Mason.