Inspired by a sports theme, hundreds of people donned a kaleidoscopic array of colourful outfits and marched through the streets of Stowmarket to help launch the town’s carnival.
The procession from the PPG car park to Recreation Road featured 27 groups with crowds lining the streets to cheer them on.
The carnival started on Friday night with a show by Dr Feelgood and the procession helped launch a weekend of family fun for the town’s 54th carnival which featured cheerleading and football displays, children’s crafts, a climbing wall, archery and animals on the Recreatiion Ground.
There was a flypast by a Dakota plane from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, local charity stalls, music, a car show as well as pet and dog shows.
Wendy Brame, who is part of a committee of seven which organises the event, said: “People loved it - they always do. Lots of people came upto us and said how great the whole weekend was. That’s why we do it - for the community.”
Tim Brame, vice chairman of the committee, said there was ‘great support’ in terms of entrants in the procession with Chiltern Primary School winning Best in Show (large group) and the Silver Spinners Majorettes taking Best in Show (small group).
He added: “2015 was bigger and better. With 2016 being the 55th birthday of the carnival it’s got to get bigger.
“The chairman and myself would like to thank the committee and all the volunteers for their hardwork and committment. Without which the event wouldn’t have been possible.”