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Exeter City Centre
On Saturday 26th November Exeter witnessed the triumphant comeback of Exeter Carnival which was resurrected after a 24-year hiatus. The original Exeter Carnival ended in 1998 due to the rising costs of organising the event and funding shortages. This event was made possible by the member businesses of InExeter, whose collective funding allows incredible events to take place in the city. Over 40 entries took part in Exeter Carnival which included over 600 people from Exeter, Devon and beyond. Local businesses and organisations also got in the carnival spirit and braved the weather to put on a fantastic show for the carnival. The carnival was organised instead of the traditional light switch on event which last took place in the city in 2019. As well as being an event the whole community could get involved in, the businesses also benefitted from the carnival with there being a rise of 27% in footfall compared to the same day in 2021. Businesses hosted events in the city on the day and feedback has been that the event itself was beneficial to many more businesses than the traditional light switch on event. The date set for 2023 is Saturday 25th November 2023.