Celebrate MK with the ‘Carnival of Life’

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A former mayor is hoping to breed a citywide sense of community spirit with a new ‘MK Carnival of Life’.

Alan Richards is calling on people to help him raise the £30,000 needed to fund the extravaganza which would take place next June.

He has formed MK Carnival CIC, a not for profit organisation, to organise and sponsor the event.

“When I was mayor in 2010 and 20111, I was constantly asked why Milton Keynes did not have a central annual pageant in which everybody could take part,” he said.

“The objective is to develop a prestigious annual event in which the whole city can be justly proud, illustrating to residents and visitors alike what a fun place MK is in which to live, work and play.”

Councillor Richards is convinced the Carnival of Life would attract business investment and also increase retail sales.

His own council has no money to support such events, he says, so an army of fundraisers and unpaid volunteers is already being recruited.

Parish councils will also be approached and asked for help.

The event will be based in Campbell Park and the planned parade will start there and tour the outside of the shopping centre.

“It will be a celebration of diversity and culture of all our communities in MK, as well as a family fun day with lots of colourful music and gaiety,” said Mr Richards.

The Carnival of Life concept was launched recently at the stadium:mk with MK Dons chairman Pete Winkleman.