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The Carnival Queen and her attendants are elected by pupils at the senior school and the queen is crowned in the square the day before May Fair after the rehearsal of the May Fair ceremony.  A lot of people gather in the square to watch these events.

The Carnival is held on the Saturday evening following May Fair.  Floats and walking entries gather and are judged at the Old Bowling Green and then process up New Street and around the town led by the Town Band and the May Queen and Carnival Queen floats.  Carnival Queens and marching bands from neighbouring towns are also invited to join the procession.  People accompanying the floats shaking tins and a final collection raise funds for local organisations and charities.