The Carnival (always with a capital letter in Somerset) and squibbing are both major events in the town of Bridgwater and really do have to be seen to be believed. Anyone curious about squibbing might like to watch this video:
for a taste of what it is like. The noise of the crowd and the heat and smoke add to the atmosphere. I have been in the crowd many years ago and it is a terrifying and exhilarating experience.