Long Eaton - Carnival Parade 2019
w/e 23 June 2019
All of this week's pictures were taken with a Kodak DX6490

There wasn't going to be a street parade at Ilkeston's Carnival this year but the whole event was literally washed out because of the wet weather. Two weeks later however, the sun shone on Long Eaton and the Carnival took place there, street parade and all. These pictures all come from close to the end of the 3.5 mile route.

Breaston Highlanders

The Breaston Highlanders led the parade and are seen here on Derby Road just before the turn into Wilsthorpe Road and back to West Park.
Running Repairs

The whole parade paused here for the road back to the park to be closed to traffic and enabled some running repairs to be carried out. I think they were just charging the battery on this vintage car.
St John's Ambulance

Repairs to human casualties would be carried out by St John Ambulance members who patrolled up and down the procession. Drinks on a warm afternoon seemed to be the main medicine prescribed.
Early Christmas

It may have been a warm afternoon but the Rotary Club of Church Wilne were preparing early for Christmas.

As well as the large lorries or floats carrying participants in the parade, there were several other modes of transport and a variety of vehicles.

Many people though walked and were disguised in some imaginative costumes but I don't envy the three people who donned the Pokemon suits to waddle round the 3.5 mile route and the other critters ensconced in various costumes must have been very warm at the end of the walk.
Toy Soldiers

There were three bands in the parade and the second one was the Melton Mowbray Toy Soldiers.

Arabesque adopted a Flintstones theme for their float which was pulling a stone age vehicle whilst a whole host of costumed walkers appeared and were obviously enjoying themselves.
Ambassadors Showband

The third band was the Ambassadors Showband from Derby.

DJ Hazza

One of the final floats to pass by was by DJ Hazza, the Children's Entertainment and Events Specialists but just give these two youngsters a garland and a whistle and they'll entertain themselves. It was not just these two either as everyone appeared to be having a fun day.

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