Coventry Canal Basin will be
pulsating to the Latino rhythm when the Mardi Gras arrives on the May
Day bank holiday weekend.
A carnival-style event with
masses of family entertainment will fill the basin with noise and colour
heralding the arrival of the new Tabasco's Tapas Bar in the newly
converted 200 year-old coal vaults.
A procession of highly decorated
and colourful canal boats will launch the weekend when the Coventry
Canal Society hold its annual boat rally on Sundayf at 10.30am.
Children can try their hand at
painting traditional canal roses and castles, enter quizzes or have a go
at line dancing while the adults can sample the beer tent and a host of
The Mardi Gras, sponsored by the
City Centre Company, Tabasco's and the Foleshill Canals Alive Ranger
Service, reaches fever pitch on Monday 1 May.
With live music all day from
jazz and salsa bands, families can take up the challenge of a giant
inflatable Volley Ball, Bungee Run or experience the thrill of the Surf
Younger children can have fun on
the bouncy castle, fun bus, giant clown slide, play games and win
On Sunday all proceeds will be
going to the Coventry Canal Society.
On May Day, all the
entertainment will be provided free of charge with any donations given
to the Coventry Evening Telegraph/Mercia FM Snowball appeal.
Children will also get the
chance to step back in time on both days and don a different kind of
costume, that worn by the boat children of the 19th century.
They will be able to make
personal mementoes of Mardi Gras 2000 as well as take away lots of
information about the canals around Coventry and beyond.
With free boat trips on bank
holiday Monday, street entertainers and plenty of prizes to win, the
entertainment will be crammed in from 11am through to 5pm.
Gillian Lawless, the City Centre
Company events promotions manager, said the two-day extravaganza had
been planned to provide entertainment for all ages.
"We have lined up a
really interesting mix of activities for everyone. The Canal Basin
should be awash with colour, activity and excitement.
The canal boat procession is a
fabulous sight and a reminder of what the basin was built for. Monday
will bring things a little up to date but still with an accent very much
on the canal.
"We thought the opening
of Tabasco's was a great reason to give the weekend a real Latin feel
and there will be some fabulous music - and hopefully some
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