17th of August

Attracting around 20,000 people to Southend seafront with over 60 floats and acts, the Southend Carnival Procession is one of the largest in the UK. The carnival procession includes colourful floats, exciting acts, dancers, bands, big costumes and much more. Expect flag waving, all kinds of music, bright lights and a great atmosphere within the crowd.



Saturday 17th August 2019. The procession starts at 18.45 from Southchurch Park.
It will reach City Beach on the seafront at 19.30 pm and finish on the seafront at Shorefield Road at approximately 21.00 pm.


10-15min walk down the High Street from Southend Victoria train station, 10min walk to the seafront from Westcliff train station or from Southend Central train station.

If driving, we recommend parking in Seaway car park, the Royals car park, or Tylers Avenue car park.

Please note that other car parks on the seafront will be closed whilst the procession takes place and you will not be able to enter or leave until it has finished.


FREE to spectators ( please see below to participate )


Access root A127 to Southend-on-Sea. Nearest station - is Southend central or Victoria. Parking in Seaway car park, the Royals car park, or Tylers Avenue car park.


Be Part of Southend Carnival

Southend Carnival Procession is a fantastic opportunity to get involved with the local community, whether you are a business, club, school, group of friends or another organisation – it’s a lot of fun for everyone who takes part! If you enter the carnival procession, you can collect donations from the crowd along the way for your choice of charity. And last year a total of almost £8,000 was raised by carnival participants!

One group who entered the carnival in 2017 was Southend RNLI who, as a charity, depend on local support. They took part to raise awareness of the RNLI in Southend, collect vital funds for their ongoing work and have fun whilst doing so. Since entering carnival events in the last 3 years they have raised over £5000.

We have a great team sprit at Southend Lifeboat Station, but the carnival brings out the best of this. All of us that took part had a lot of fun and enjoyed talking to the crowds that lined the procession.
— Southend RNLI

Southend RNLI will be entering again in 2019 and already have big plans for their entry. To find out more about their lifesaving work visit their website:

There is always strong competition between the carnival procession entrants, with every float and entry being judged and prizes awarded. The best entry is voted for through social media by those who watch the procession itself.

Southend Carnival Sponsors