They say it’s the biggest event of its kind in Europe; Bridgwater Carnival is a parade of giant floats that set off after dark in a blaze of light and noise. Created in the community through the year-long endeavours of carnival clubs based in the South West, it kicks off the Somerset Illuminated Carnivals event.
This centuries old tradition sees the colourful floats meander their way through small towns in a fortnight long trail of light and music competing for honours.
No pressure then taking over the filming duties from a long standing supplier.
We were there in force … three cameras, two producers and several runners. It was, as usual, pretty amazing and for the thousands who turned out to cheer the parade, a free, upbeat spectacle in a dark winter’s night.
But it’s the editing that’s been an eye opener. We’ve pulled out all the stops with two editors compiling a two hour DVD charting every float and competitor .. and it’s taken us to the deadline wire.