Carnivals and Processions
Routes should be chosen carefully and the following considered:
- Responsible security and stewards should be appointed. All staff should be clearly identifiable. Advice can be sought on numbers during the planning stages.
- Security staff, stewards and all voluntary marshals should receive a full safety briefing prior to the start of the event. This should cover all roles and responsibilities throughout the event including emergency procedures, such as site evacuation.
- Attention should be paid to the width of the road relative to the size of vehicle for processions where vehicles are taking part. This is very important for events where Lorries and Floats are used.
- The procession route should be checked on event day prior to the procession form up.
- A risk assessment should be undertaken to determine possible hazards, such as roadworks, uneven surfaces, narrow roads, low branches etc.
- Where vehicles are to be used for the carriage of persons, they must be suitably insured for this purpose.
- Completely open-back Lorries should not be used. Some structure should be attached which gives a measure of protection and something to hold on to.
It is illegal and dangerous for persons to be allowed to sit on open-back Lorries or trailers when they are being driven at normal speed either to or from the event.