Ilkeston - The 81st Annual Carnival
w/e 12 June 2016

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490
except the panorama above which was taken with a Fuji Finepix L55

After a glorious start to the week we approached the weekend with some trepidation as the forecast was for heavy showers with the possibility of some thunderstorms. As it turned out, although cloudy, the rain held off until the completion of the 81st Annual Carnival organised by the Ilkeston Lions Club. After the cancellation of the 2015 Carnival due to the weather, it was with some relief that this year's event went ahead as planned although those responsible for dismantling the stalls probably got a drenching.

Long Eaton Militaires

The carnival began with a parade through the town centre led as usual by the Long Eaton Militaires seen here pausing outside the Town Hall after the climb up Bath Street to enable them to catch their breath and for the following floats to regain close order.
Carnival Queen

The Carnival Queen, Chloe Kelso, was driven in an open top car behind the band. Chloe was last year's Queen too but due to the carnival's cancellation she had to make do with a guest appearance at Long Eaton's Carnival the following week.

The parade then set off again with decorated lorries (floats) filled with people representing various local groups and organisations.
Ilkeston Juniors FC

The youngsters on the Ilkeston Juniors Football Club float certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves.
South Street

The parade continued along South Street before turning into Queen Street where it was followed by the crowds to the rec.

And on the rec were numerous attractions and stalls representing various charities to keep them amused.

Stanton Ilkeston FC

The floats lined up around the perimeter of the ground where it was a good opportunity to pose for photographs like these young men from the Stanton Ilkeston Football Club.
Fun Fair

In one corner of the ground was a small fun fair and children enjoyed a flight in a balloon roundabout.
Climbing Wall

Others reached even greater heights on the climbing wall.
Trent Valley Troopers

There were several characters at the carnival including one from the Trent Valley Troopers who were offering a free musical workshop.
Smile Please

All in all with a Dog Show, Tug O'War competition, Marching Band display and gymnastics and dance displays I think the carnival once again proved a great success with everyone who attended but I didn't expect this expression when I said "Smile please." Many local groups will have raised much needed funds but the main beneficiary of the 2016 Carnival is the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance so it's thanks again to the Lions Club for organising the event.

Link to Carnival photos on the Lions Club site.

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