Long Eaton - Community Carnival 2009
w/e 21 June 2009
All this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

Another week, another town, another carnival. There's a certain similarity about carnivals and buses - you wait for ages for one, then three come along at once. Well it's not quite that bad but if you like to see a parade then this is the time of year to enjoy your passion and that's just what we did as we travelled a few miles south from Ilkeston to see Long Eaton's Community Carnival.


As the crowds gathered in the centre of Long Eaton, the police halted the traffic and there was an air of anticipation and excitement all around as the first sounds of the approaching parade were heard.
Costumes Galore

Costumes of all shapes and sizes were to be seen in the procession. A beekeeper with a mobile beehive and accompanied by a technologically aware bee sending text messages encouraged us to "Bee Happy" whilst a local music group advertised their latest production of "Pickwick" from the back of one lorry whilst the young occupants of another assured us that "Sawley's Got Talent".
Old Tractor

There were many more floats too as well as a number of classic cars, buses and also a selection of old tractors all beautifully maintained, this one pictured hauling a trailer loaded with children.
Three Cars

It wasn't just old vehicles either as these three futuristic looking cars looked as though they were about to flap the doors like wings and take to the skies.

Derby Serenaders

The parade had been led like last week's at Ilkeston, by the Long Eaton Militaires this time on home ground. Ilkeston's parade had also included the kilted Breaston Highlanders whilst Long Eaton's carnival had the Spanish looking Derby Serenaders International Showband playing their Latin American rhythms.
Enjoying The Parade

Long Eaton's carnival is truly a community affair with many groups and organisations involved. Football clubs, youth clubs and dance troupes were among many that took part and even those members of the general public that were not involved obviously found it to their enjoyment.

The ultimate destination of the parade was West Park where there was plenty on offer to keep the crowd delighted. In a small arena the Long Eaton Judo Club showed off their skills whilst simultaneously in the main arena, the boys of the Dako Flying Angels gymnastic display team thrilled the onlookers and at least one long-legged person was assured of a good view!

For those not watching the events in the arenas, plenty of other activities were available to keep everyone amused. Members of the Riverside Football Club (both boys and girls) who had earlier been part of the parade, were able to put aside their soccer skills and get rid of any pugilistic tendencies in complete safety on an inflatable platform.
Circus Skills

Among all the charity stalls, exhibitions and sideshows, another area was fenced off where many youngsters could learn and practice circus skills like spinning plates on sticks, stilt walking and Diablo throwing all under the watchful eye of a friendly clown and inquisitive ostrich!

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