Jubilation Cart coming to Exeter for the return of Carnival

A float used in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant parade in London this summer is coming to Exeter to take part in the city’s carnival.

The Jubilation Cart will be presented at the Exeter Carnival on November 27. Exeter will be the only carnival outside of Somerset where the Jubilation Cart will be involved.

It was built especially for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant parade in June by over 200 people from 17 different carnival clubs. Construction began in August 2021 and took eight months.

There is less than a month until Exeter Carnival. The organization behind the carnival, InExeter – the Business Improvement District – has released more information about the procession.

Ann Hunter, BID Manager at InExeter, said: “The return of Exeter Carnival after 24 years is a historic day for the city and we should all celebrate it.

“We are extremely proud that the new Exeter Carnival includes the Jubilation Cart which took part in the parade at the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London this summer. Exeter is the only carnival outside Somerset other than the parade in London where the carriage can be seen. We feel very privileged to bring Exeter Carnival back to the city and for the Jubilation Cart to join us for this momentous day.

The impressive cart reflects the various royal elements of the monarchy, including the royal crest, four rotating crowns, 12 moving Beefeaters and eight royal carriages. There are 40 designed moving parts, 18 spectacularly designed models, over 4,000 lights and additional projectors with 36 individual speakers powered by 43.5 kilowatts. The build itself used 180 sheets of 12mm plywood, over 20,000 wood screws and 200 liters of environmentally friendly water-based paint to decorate the cart.

Visit Exeter, Exeter’s Destination Marketing Organization run by Exeter City Council sponsors the Exeter Carnival. Claire Toze, Head of Tourism at Visit Exeter, said: “Having Jubilation come to Exeter is a once in a lifetime experience not to be missed. The return of Exeter Carnival is something we can’t wait to be a part of.

Dave Jennings of the Griffens Carnival Club comments: “It has been an immense privilege to have been invited to celebrate the long reign and dedicated service of Queen Elizabeth II. We remain proud of how we commemorated such a historic event. The memory of that day, and of the Queen herself, will stay with us for as long as we live.

Carnival is something a generation has missed in Exeter and the city will be lit up in spectacular fashion on November 26. Jubilation will be joined by carnival clubs from the South Somerset Federation, East Devon and South Devon circuits alongside local entries from groups and organizations from Exeter.

Entries visitors can experience at Exeter Carnival include the Harlequin Carnival Club which attended the first Exeter Carnival in 1977. The local ‘Big Noise Chorus’ has also entered and will perform on a bus provided by the sponsor Stagecoach travel bag.

The Exeter Carnival will start at 6pm at the bottom of South Street. It will cycle down South Street, turn right onto High Street, go up Sidwell Street to the Odeon roundabout, around the roundabout and down Sidwell Street to finish at the junction with High Street and Paris Street.

No matter where people watch the carnival, they will see the whole parade. Spectators in Sidwell Street will have the chance to see the parade pass by twice, as the carnival procession will parade and then turn around to return along Sidwell Street. InExeter encourages people to spread out on the route to get a great view of the parade.

For more information and all updates, please visit www.exetercarnival.com.