The images show carnival floats being prepared in Tirforgan for the Felinfoel Carnival parade in 1973. One has a wedding theme, the other with a bit of everything has been given the name Dolly Mixtures.
The introduction of licensing laws and increasing insurance premiums have made the use of floats in processions difficult, and now at small events like this they seem to be a thing of the past. These days, many village carnivals, including Felinfoel have resorted to 'marching floats' instead.
Did you know? The name “float” is derived from the first floats, which were decorated barges, and were towed along canals with ropes held by parade marchers on the shore. They were originally introduced by the churches in the Middle Ages as mobile stages for religious plays where pageant wagons were used as movable scenery for passion plays.
What do you remember about the local carnivals of yesteryear?
Street parties have been organised by residents of British streets (on a mass basis) since 1919, when they were part of peace celebrations, and as a special treat for children who were suffering after the war.
Residents have since organised them on all major national days of celebration, which have included the Queen's 1977 Silver Jubilee, and the marriage of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer in 1981. See also the Festival of Britiain, Glasfryn, 1951.
Dafen History Overview