Are you The Spirit of Monmouth?

This year’s Monmouth Carnival, which takes place on Sunday 26th Of July, will see amidst the procession once again, an open topped car carrying “The Spirit of Monmouth”.

We are looking for someone special and it could be you. If you are aged between 7 and 70, just write a sentence beginning with “I want to symbolise the Spirit of Monmouth because…" and submit by e-mail to or drop it in by hand to Les Modget at Car Care in Monnow Street. 

There’s a host of ways to get involved with this year’s carnival, as a walker, part of a group or on a float. The choice is up to you. What do you want to do? Just pick up an entry form from The Shire Hall or Car Care in Monnow Street. Or register on-line at It’s all free and part of the wider Monmouth Music Festival.

The day’s fun will start with the Rotary Club Bed Race and if you want to put a team together for that then details can be found on

At 2pm, the carnival procession will set off from Priory Street. With Samba Galez gyrating through the crowds, we already know it will be loud and wild. Monmouth has always demonstrated its ingenuity and noisy creativity, with charming and fantastic costumes invented by the excited children’s groups and brilliant dancers; prized vehicles, friends and groups on floats and flat-bed trucks, individuals on bikes, mobility scooters, unicycles and skate boards. What we don’t know is who will be sitting enthroned the gleaming open topped car as The Spirit of Monmouth. That could be you.

Whether you organise a group or come as an individual, there’s a place for you in the cavalcade. All the entries will be judged by David Davies MP (brave man!) as they gather in St Mary’s Churchyard and Priory Street.

The full timetable for the day is in your Festival brochure