Today is Carnival Day, the first for fourteen years due to lack of funding and sponsorship by all accounts.
We had a Carnival Queen with attendants, Town Crier, plus the Mayors and wives of our town plus Skegness, the latter having been invited along as judges.
There has been a week long programme of events leading up to today’s parade, but to be honest we haven’t seen anything other than some fabulous arts and crafts, toys and carvings, and home-made chutneys and cakes up on the prom today for an annual two day event marking the end of the season. I walked up later with about ten pounds of green tomatoes for the chutney lady which were very well received.
The parade, with a theme of Smugglers and Mermaids, started off from the park at 3 pm, doing a route of about a mile round the town to arrive back at the park at 3.45.
A band entertained the crowd for about half an hour, then the Town Crier did his traditional O Yay-ing bit.
There were speeches from our mayor before the winners of various categories were announced by the Judges.
We were pleased that a guy we’ve got to know in the next road won the most original float for his tank, which was being ‘driven’ by his young grandson as he pushed. There was a fireworks display at 8 pm, so Hubby took Maggie for a walk beforehand. She flaked out on her cushion and didn’t react in the slightest.
It was great to see so many kids in fancy dress having fun, and was well supported by the townsfolk, so hopefully they’ll be able to have another next year. We got home shortly after 5 pm.