Ilkeston - It's Carnival Time Again
w/e 12 June 2011
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Long Eaton Militaires

The roads were closed for a short period on Saturday lunchtime and as I arrived on the Market Place at 12:45pm the Long Eaton Militaires had paused after the march up Bath Street to give a display before continuing to lead the parade to the Rutland Recreation Ground.
Carnival Queen

The band was closely followed by a car carrying this year's Carnival Queen seen here waving in right royal fashion to the assembled crowds from the car and again on the rec. The organisers of the Carnival, the Ilkeston Lions Club had chosen twelve year old Milla Rigby, a pupil at St John Houghton School who was quoted as saying "I'm really excited about it.”


The parade consisted of the usual array of colourful floats representing various groups and organisations.
Walking Tents

There were also groups on foot too including some walking tents from a local Scout Group.
Weleda Float

Local businesses were also represented in the parade including this float from Weleda.
The Following Crowd

As the end of the parade neared, most of the people watching turned to follow or walk alongside it to the many attractions on the rec.

As one of the last lorries turned from South Street into Queens Street, I was close enough to capture this shot of a number of masked young ladies which was indicative of the amount of work and effort that had gone into the preparation of the floats.

On The Rec

No sooner had the lorries pulled up on the rec than the displays on them were quickly dismantled to allow them a quick exit while the fun fair picked up momentum; owners queued to enter their pets in the Dog Show and an old fashioned barrel organ played many well-known tunes.
Ice Cream Treat

Refreshment stalls meant that many people had Saturday lunch of a burger and/or chips but I hope these two girls found something a little more substantial than Mister Whippy's ice cream although it did look rather tempting.
Cosy Caravan

One of the exhibits that did attract a lot of attention at the carnival was this mini-caravan together with another similar one nearby. I was going to suggest it was a one person caravan but looking through the door revealed sleeping accommodation for two provided they were not claustrophobic and were on friendly terms. There was plenty of headroom but the feet would be under the kitchen area that can been seen at the back. A dining area is created by the awning at the side.
Tug Of War

All through the afternoon, various events were staged in the main arena including a Marching Band display, another by the Pop Divas Danz Troupe, a gymnastics display, a Drill and Banner display by the ATC and of course the Tug Of War competition pictured above.

Among the people in fancy dress that were wandering around, there were at least two "bears" including one promoting Erewash Sound and another collecting on behalf of the Lions Club. I suppose with the little boy attempting a handstand a suitable caption for the one on the right would be "There's a bear behind!"

Although many local charities had stalls at the carnival, the main beneficiaries this year are Help for Heroes and St. Dunstan's, a special hospital in Llandudno for ex-servicemen and women who have lost their sight during combat or due to an accident or illness.

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