THE pandemic has not stopped Malmesbury Carnival from going ahead - but it has changed the way events are held.

The carnival has gone virtual with a month of live music, history talks, films, competitions and children's activities which were all broadcast over Malmesbury Community Radio or online via Zoom, the carnival website, and YouTube.

It comes to a close in spectacular style this weekend with a virtual procession kicking off on Saturday at 6pm.

Organisers have asked people to get creative and generate video entries that will be spliced together and run as a special event on the day.

The colourful parade aims to include a variety of extravagant outfits and can be watched for free on YouTube after registering at

The website has links to all 29 of the virtual carnival events that have wowed online audiences throughout August.

A thanksgiving service will round things off on Sunday from 4pm, with songs, interviews, Barney the puppet, Malmesbury Community Choir and what organisers describe as 'an opportunity to think about finding peace in the storms of life'.

Donations are encouraged but not mandatory.