More people than ever before lined the streets for Harborough Carnival this year according to its organisers.
The day attracted crowds of 10,000 who lined the streets to watch an impressive parade of floats and small vehicles which included taxis and even some miniature tanks from Combat 656.
Winners of the best float in the adult section were Market Harborough District Hospital Outpatients, in second place was Great Bowden Recital Trust and in third place was Waitrose.
Little Bowden Primary school won first place in the children’s float category followed by Market Harborough Church of England Primary in second place and Woodcock Theatre Arts in third place.
The best independent went to Combat 656 who had miniature combat vehicles and left a trail of smoke behind them and entertained the crowds with the occasional loud bang.
John Price, parade organiser, said: “Thanks and congratulations to all who entered and gave us a great show. A special thanks of course to Sandersons Transport who once again provided all of the Float vehicles and drivers.
“Thanks for the support of the Police, St John Ambulance, the marshalls, the Market Harborough Lions and Lions Twenty12 Club members.
“Finally thanks to Cllr Geraldine Robinson, Lions President Graham Sharp and last years Carnival Queen Katy Darby who judged the Parade, their task was particularly difficult this year with so many excellent entries.
“Most of all can I thank the residents of Market Harborough, visitors to our town and all who turned out to support the Parade and gave so generously.”
On the showground the fun continued where stalls benefited from visitors to the ground who took part in tombolas and bought from table top sales. More than 6,000 people visited the showground on Symington’s Recreation Ground.
As well as the traditional inflatables and carnival games, special guest this year Cameron Twynham had brought along his Formula 3 racing car. He signed hundreds of autographs on the day.
John Bush, chair of Harborough Carnival, said: “It went extremely well. We had more floats than we have had for a long time and plenty of activities on the parade ground.” Mr Bush said that they had raised more money than last year and that he expected there to be £5,000 to give to charities and good causes this year.