Downham Market Festival Parade is one of the best yet

Downham Carnival Parade ANL-140526-134302009
Downham Carnival Parade ANL-140526-134302009
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The 40th Downham Festival parade proved to be one of the best yet by providing a visual and musical extravaganza.

Crowds lined the streets of Downham to cheer on the 14 floats as the carnival procession wound its way through the town on Monday.

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Downham Carnival Parade ANL-140526-134233009

The parade, which this year had a Caribbean theme, is one of the highlights of the Downham Festival, which kicked off on Sunday with the flag raising and a French cafe in the town hall.

Organiser Jim Cornish said: “It was absolutely fantastic. We have had positive feedback from everyone.

“It was one of the best parades we have had for a long time.

“Everyone has said how good it was.

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Downham Carnival Parade ANL-140526-134454009

“All of the groups which had a float on Monday have signed up for next year and we now have a waiting list for lorries.”

Mr Cornish has thanked Bearts of Stow Bridge for their continued support of the parade by providing the lorries.

The procession left Heygates Mill at an earlier time of 10.45am to make its way to the Howdale field.

Organisations such as Downham Heritage Society, the Rock Choir and Slimming World decorated the 14 floats.

People of all ages enjoyed dressing up as characters from the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland to the delight of spectators.

Vintage tractors, with some of the drivers getting into the spirit of things by dressing up, a steel band and Downham Marquettes were also part of the procession.

A pair of “wags” proved to be popular with the crowds. Two men raised money for Downham Junior Football Club by dressing up as wives and girlfriends.

The carnival arrived at the Howdale field where a host of attractions were laid on for families.

Charity stalls, fun fair rides along with displays by Fens Falconry, the steel band and Downham Marquettes. Horses and staff from the Riding for the Disabled Centre also took part.