Crowds flock to Tadcaster Carnival

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It just keeps getting bigger said organiser of the sixth annual Carnival in Tadcaster.

Kirsty Perkins estimated around 5,000 people turned out to watch the parade of floats and entertainment.

The Carnival Committee secretary said: “The day has been another huge success, the carnival just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

“We try to provide a really affordable but enjoyable day out for all, and we certainly had lots of happy faces on Sunday.

“The carnival committee estimate around 5,000 people came along on Sunday making it one of the biggest events in the area.

“We have a little rest now, and then start planning for 2019.”

The carnival took a theme of festivals and celebrations and started with a parade of floats through the town.

“Over 300 people took part in the parade, with entries representing different festivals,” added Kirsty.

“The streets of Tadcaster were lined with spectators to cheer on the parade.”

Devine Meats float celebrated Film Festivals while Tadcaster East School chose to celebrate Chinese Festivals with a giant red Dragon on their float, Genesis Hairdressers took inspiration from Rio Carnivals with their sequinned and butterfly winged costumes.

Trophies were given to the three best entries on the day, and overall winners were Rosemary House ladies, whose spectacular Alice’s tea party float was filled with giant sized cakes, tea cups and sweet treats.

Minster FM hosted the main stage throughout the day, X factor winner Ben Haenow headlined and as the sun baked down in the Magnets Sports and Social Club visitors were treated to a whole host of entertainment across the day.

There was plenty to see and do for all ages, with a fantastic acrobatic show from Fat Matt all the way from Australia, a glitter station, henna tattoos and lots of stalls and food units to enjoy.

As the sun went down the audience were treated to a flame throwing display by Tadcaster local Kelly Ann Bolland and then local band The Mix got the party started with a set filled with crowd pleasers.

Festival favourites BackChat Brass brought their unique brass sounds to Tadcaster and the evening ended with a Firework display provided by The Fireworkers.