Title ID 6588Collection ID913
Title[Brighton Carnival]
CollectionAlbany Cine Club
Genre/TypeAmateurCine/Video clubNon-fictionAlbum/Journal
ThemeCine Club Film-making Seaside
KeywordsCarnivals Children Fancy dress Clothing Parades Companies Clubs Motor Vehicles Parks Urban Areas
RegionalBrighton & Hove
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionAlbany Cine Club
FormatColour Silent
Duration2 min. 56 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Brighton Carnival scenes filmed in 1978 by E. W. Ovenden, a member of the Albany Cine Club. Participating organisations include Co-Op, Brighton Young Conservatives, Brighton & Hove Camera Club, Brighton Insurance Social Club Smurf Section, Brighton Theatre Group, Brighton Theatrical Costumiers, and marching bands.


A Boys Brigade [?] marching band passes into the Old Steine, followed by various floats and pedestrian participants including a Brighton speed trials official car. A banner advertises a Regency Exhibition at the Royal Pavilion. Young women wave from a float with a dinghy and flags which read the names of world cities. Participants standing and dancing on the floats for Co-Op and Canada Dry wear elaborate animal and can can dancer fancy dress costumes. A group leads several camels past Steine House. A group of women wearing period costume and a man with 'blackface' makeup in a boater wave from a steamboat float decorated with bunting. Young boys and girls in red and white uniforms pass by, marching while playing drums and trumpets. A Chinese dragon, Brighton Young Conservatives, Brighton & Hove Camera Club, Brighton Insurance Social Club Smurf Section, a vintage bus advertising Brighton Theatrical Costumiers, a traction engine, Brighton Theatre Group, a float celebrating Mickey Mouse's 50th birthday (1928 - 1978), another of women in Arabian costume, Starliners Showtime and a children's dancing school also participate in the carnival. Crowds have gathered at the entrance to the Old Steine to watch. The film ends with scenes at Preston Park, where the parade gathers.