Strictly Mitcham set to go dance-crazy

Mitcham Carnival is all set to go dance-crazy on 11 June, the parade starts at Figges Marsh at 12.30 and arrives at Three Kings Piece at 1pm.

Mitcham is gearing itself up for a day of exciting celebrations including music, dance and an array of brightly coloured costumes and floats. This year’s theme is all about the glamour of the ballroom, with dancing taking centre stage.

An arena at Three Kings Piece will be where Merton’s new Mayor Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender will judge and announce the winner of the float competition. She will be looking for creativity and artistic merit in awarding the Mitcham Carnival cup to the best one.

Visitors to the carnival will be able to marvel at a horse display team, dance groups and stilt-walkers as well as enjoy a fun fair, refreshments and a variety of stalls. A little league football final will ensure the festivities continue late into the afternoon. Also taking part will be Blues Brothers tribute band, Rawhides, Stallions of Substance equine display team, the Panache Steel Band, children’s entertainers and lots more.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Gilli Lewis-Lavender said: “Every year this carnival provides such an amazing spectacle. It is a wonderful event to take part in and everyone who does so puts in huge amounts of hard work and effort which is why it is such a success. This year’s event promises to be a fantastic day out with something for the whole family and every age group.’

Merton Council’s cabinet member for community and culture, Councillor Martin Whelton said: “Merton Council is committed to supporting the Mitcham Carnival as a council and recognise its importance locally and in bringing the community together. I’m delighted that so many community groups will be showcasing their creative talents in the parade and at the carnival. With Elegance and Chrisanne in Mitcham, who create all of those fantastic outfits on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing, it looks set to be the most colourful carnival yet.”

For more information visit or call 020 8545 4704.


Leoni Munslow

Communications Assistant

Merton Council

Tel: 020 8545 4654