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New Years Eve Giants

On New Year's Eve a buzzing carnival parade takes place in the streets of Lostwithiel to see in the New Year.

The tradition started in 1990 when a group of local musicians and craftspeople began making giants to celebrate the coming of the New Year. The New Year's Giant Procession has become a significant part of Lostwithiel’s identity and cultural heritage. 

Starting at around 11.30pm outside the Kings Arms, the parade of Giants, drummers, pipers, carnival dancers and revellers makes its way down Fore Street, across the Medieval bridge and up Grenville Road to arrive at the Earl of Chatham around midnight.

The parade then returns along the same route to finish with more music and dancing at the top of Fore Street.