In 1963 the late Russell Julian OBE and wife Peggy organised a fancy dress parade to raise funds for St Mary’s Methodist Church in Par. This was so successful that the following year 1964 they organised a carnival.
Ever since Par Carnival has been held on the third Saturday of July, organised by a team of local volunteers and enjoys entries from local and visiting youth groups, businesses, individuals and families.
It was in 2013 a few months after Russell Julian had past away that Par Carnival celebrated its 50th consecutive year, of hosting a vibrant community event and donating all the profits collected to local organisations and charities.
The carnival committee and team has changed a lot over the years and in 2015 (& 2016) was taken under the wings of the PL24 Community Association.
2017 saw the control of the carnival transfer back to a separate designated Par Carnival Committee and Team.
2018 saw the Carnival Grand Fete moved from the par community park to the middle of Par Running Track.
The carnival week raised and donated over £11,000 to local organisations, groups and charity between 2016 and 2018.
2019 saw the Grand Fete moved to the Football Field next to The Health Centre.