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Dancers wanted for Carnival main parade

Pioneers And Their Offspring band looking for extras

24 August, 2018 — By Tom Foot

Professional dancers at last year’s parade 

THE son of a Notting Hill carnival legend has spaces for anyone wanting to join the main parade this bank holiday weekend – as long as they can dance a bit and wear a superhero costume.

Peter Bernard said his Pioneers And Their Offspring band, founded by his mother, former social worker Jean Bernard, has several spaces free on Monday – and also for the children’s day on Sunday. Jean, who died in 2016, aged 89, ran the PATO for decades.

It remains one of the oldest of the 140 bands to regularly perform at the carnival. Mr Bernard told Diary: “Basically it’s a big truck with music on it and DJs. “There are people in costumes dancing behind the float. It’s not a strenuous dance, you dance quite slowly – it’s a semi-walking dance. We would call it chipping along.”

Dancers would have to arrive at around 10am to collect their costumes and the procession lasts for around four hours. Refreshments are provided and a photographer will be on hand to capture the big day.

Suggested donations to the charity are £35 or £20 for the children’s day.

Contact Peter at: peterbernard77@ gmail.com

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