Long Eaton - A Walk & A Parade
w/e 18 June 2023

All of this week's pictures were taken with a Nikon D3300
Long Eaton Carnival 2023

People travelled hundreds of miles yesterday (Saturday 17th June 2023) to see a parade in London celebrating the King's Official Birthday at the Trooping of the Colour ceremony. We also went to see a parade but it was much closer to home at the Long Eaton Carnival.

Carnival Site

We caught a bus into Long Eaton which was scheduled to reach the town centre at 11:15am but all the town centre roads were closed from 11:00am and the buses were diverted around the outskirts. That meant we arrived close to the entrance to West Park on Wilsthorpe Road which meant a swift walk across the park to reach the town centre. The parade had started on the park from the carnival site and associated Fun Fair (both of which we passed) at 11:00am and headed to Sawley before returning up Tamworth Road so it had long gone by the time we arrived.
Expectant Crowd

On our trek across the park we could hear the sound in the distance of the band leading the parade but we still had a ten minute wait after joining the expectant crowd on Tamworth Road outside the library before it arrived.

After a hot and sunny week, showers were forecast for Saturday and one was due in Long Eaton at about 11:30am. True to form a few spots of rain started to fall minutes before the Ambassadors of Derby Showband marched past.
Carnival Queen

A few of the spectators had umbrellas but the Carnival Queen and her entourage travelling in an open top car behind the band were well prepared.

Participants in the parade were on foot like the Long Eaton Sea Cadets, in cars like representatives of Jolly Jingles Children's Entertainer or on the back of lorries. There were quite a number of the latter but the two pictured are the Erewash Music Society's Youth Group who will be performing "Footloose" in July and a lorry load of children from Dovedale Primary School.
Ilkeston Brass

Ilkeston didn't have a carnival this year but as both towns are in the Borough of Erewash, the town was represented by Ilkeston Brass.

Colourful Costumes

Many of those walking in the parade were wearing brightly coloured costumes.
Long Eaton Rugby

There was a large contingent of rugby players of many different age groups. I saw banners for teams of Under 7s through to Under 16s and there may well have been more. Watching youngsters on the sidelines were being encouraged to join in with the fun too.
Sawley WI

As the front of the parade paused in the town centre near The Green those following on behind ground to a halt for a few minutes but the ladies of the Sawley Women's Institute were quite happy to give us a wave and a smile.

Eventually the parade moved on with a Fire Engine bringing up the rear followed only by a van and trailer picking up barriers, bollards etc so the the roads could be reopened. Needless to say as the parade continued on its way back to West Park, the rain stopped, the sun came out and an afternoon of fun beckoned. Unfortunately we had to be in Ilkeston before 2:00pm so as soon as the roads were clear again, it was on the bus back home.

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