It’s almost Carnivelo time again! This year kicks off in Castle Park at 2pm on Sunday 6 July.

It’ll be 5 years old this year, so we thought it was worth a look back at some of the more flabberghasting costumes that have graced the event in previous years.

The Pirate Queen

Pirate queen c Sustrans - J Bewley

Photo: J. Bewley/Sustrans

Linda’s costumes are always amazing, but this one is probably the best. Bonus points for getting into character.

Bit of a card

Photo: Mark Bradley

Photo: Mark Bradley

There’s an Alice in Wonderland feel to this one.

Keeping it Indy

Photo: David Granero

Photo: David Granero

This is just incredible, and gets bonus points for the liberal use of parcel tape. Unbelievably, this didn’t win the best costume prize that year, which shows how stiff the competition is.

Elvis guy


So much winning here. I really hope this makes a reappearance at some point.

The Sopwith Camel

Sopwith Camel - Cycling Bristol

This makes me feel proud to be British. Although it is somewhat upstaged by…



This photo is actually from Devizes Carnival, but that’s close enough for me.


And we couldn’t finish this piece without mentioning


The Brontosaurus


Just look at it. It’s been attending since the first year, and it’s still astonishing.