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We believe we had our best parade yet in 2018 and are already planning our 16th outing for 2019.
Ellie the Eel once again headed our carnival inspired parade along part of the City's Eel Trail Heritage Walk. Our eels were followed by a new Samba Band for 2018, who along with Nellie the Tuk Tuk, The Eel Knight and Lady Eel led the parade down to the Waterside and into Jubilee Gardens where a whole host of eel related activities were held.
Special highlights included the British Town Crier Championship which we were honoured to host in 2018. Our very own Town Crier, Avril Hayter, organised this National event for 20 criers - what an explosion of colour and noise! Then of course we had the World Eel Throwing Competition (no eels were harmed in this competition, just stuffed toys!). Another year and the World Record of 17.7 Metres remains unbroken.
In addition, we hosted our first ever Morris Festival where we saw a variety of Morris groups performing all around the city adding further merriment to the day.
With a full programme of arena events in Jubilee Gardens including Folk Music, Eel Pottery Workshops, Music and Dancing, Historical Displays and Re-enactments with lots of family participation opportunities. As you would imagine, eels feature massively in the day and we even had the chance to see live eels, courtesey of the Environment Agency.
Obviously it wouldn't be Eel Day without the opportunity to sample what was once a staple food in the Fens, and many took the chance to taste smoked and jellied eels as well as more conventional forms of food.
Ellie is now having a much needed rest, but she will be busy organising her next parade by late summer, so keep checking back for further updates.