THE popular traditional parade is returning to Crewe Carnival this year with an appeal going out to Chronicle readers to join in.

Last year the parade had to be scrapped because of the repair work which closed Merrill's Bridge in West Street and many felt the carnival just wasn't the same.

Now it's coming back but with a big difference - people are being asked to walk the line for the first eco-parade on Saturday, August 25, which will be on foot only.

It has been announced the carnival is supporting Macmillan's £1m fundraising appeal to build a cancer care unit at Leighton Hospital.

Proceeds raised throughout carnival week will be donated to this very worthwhile cause, whilst it will still remain a good opportunity for other local charities to raise funds.

Organisers at Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council say they now want to see as many groups from the local community as possible voting with their feet and supporting this much-loved event, now in its 106th year.

Cllr Bill McGinnis, portfolio holder for leisure, said: 'The parade is an essential part of carnival week and it was sorely missed last year.

'We want to see a loud, vibrant and colourful parade for 2007, which represents the diverse cultures we have right here in our borough, but in order to do this we need your help.

'We want everyone in Crewe and Nantwich to get behind their parade and make it one of the best cultural celebrations in the North West.'

The procession through the town centre will be going back to its original roots of a foot parade and it will have environmental theme.

Organisers are urging people to find innovative ways of getting from Christchurch car park to the King George Playing Fields - cart wheeling, wheelbarrows, roller-skating and skateboarding to name but a few.

There's also the option of more environmentally-friendly modes of transport such as electric power, horse-drawn, pushing, pulling or cycling.

To make it easier there will be different points along the parade route, making it more accessible for everyone to take part.

Local organisations, clubs and groups are now being welcomed to get involved in the parade.

The cost of entering the parade this year to all groups is £20. However £10 of this fee is a refundable deposit, which will be refunded to all groups who take part on the day.

* Organisers say they welcome any suggestions on how we can make this year's parade bigger and better than ever before. Phone council education and marketing manager Rachel Perkins on 01270 537839 or e-mail

* Community groups wishing to apply for funding must do so by Friday, March 23. These can be e-mailed to car