Ilkeston Lions Carnival 2014

Ilkeston - Carnival Time Again
w/e 15 June 2014
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

The weather stayed dry if not a little cloudy but as can be seen from the panoramic view above of the recreation ground, the Ilkeston people turned out in force to celebrate the Lions' Annual Carnival again.

Long Eaton Militaires

This images I've combined for the panoramic view were the last to be captured on Saturday 14th but I'd started on Bath Street just after 12:30pm watching as the parade led as usual by the Long Eaton Militaires passed by.
Salvation Army

The band was followed by a number of lorries populated by various local groups, this one being the Disney themed entry for "Best Float" by the Salvation Army's Parents and Tots.
Bath St to Queen St

After all the parade had passed I hot-footed it across town via the back streets rather than pushing my way through the crowds that had assembled in the town centre to take up another position on Queen Street and awaited the arrival of the parade again.

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Here I had a second chance to capture images of the floats as they passed by like this one of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party by the 8th Ilkeston Scout Group.
Photo Opportunities

On the recreation ground there were lots more photo opportunities as the floats lined up prior to the people on board disembarking to enjoy the other attractions.
Christmas In June

Despite it being the middle of the year, the 4th Ilkeston Scout Group brought a touch of Christmas to the proceedings complete with their own snow machine.
Hidden Characters

The joint beneficiaries of the Carnival which raises money for local charities were the "Survivors of Bereavement by Suicide" and the "Ben Parker Trust Fund". The Trust Fund provides holidays in two caravans known as "Ben's Den" on the Haven site at Mablethorpe for children with cancer. The costumed character on the right above was raising awareness of "Ben's Den" whilst the balloon salesman on the right was similarly hidden behind a large quantity of his produce.
Classic Vehicles

Many of the attractions were very similar to previous carnivals including a range of classic vehicles but they still attracted closer inspection from enthusiasts.

There were also a number of engines in operation like this one which I'm reliably informed is a single cylinder Lister engine running a water pump.
Carnival Queen

Every Carnival has to have its Queen of course and this year that honour fell to fifteen year old Emmaleigh Syson from Kirk Hallam who is pictured here outside the Event Control Point.

It was at the Event Control Point too that the cup was awarded for the best float in the parade and these representatives from the Salvation Army group were the proud winners holding the trophy aloft.

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