The days just before were dry and sunny, the days just after were dry and sunny, but Carnival Saturday in Market Harborough was hours of drizzle.
As carnival chairman John Bush said this week: “Everything went to plan - except the weather”.
It didn’t affect the thousands who produced miles of smiles along the parade route and in the showground.
And the first Carnival of Running was a big success, attracting 500 runners.
But attendance and takings were always going to be down on a disappointingly damp day.
Mr Bush said: “Let’s be positive: the people who turned out had a great time, and we still did enough to break even, which means the carnival can go ahead next year.”
It’s a carnival strength that even in bad weather it doesn’t lose money.
But Mr Bush said there probably wouldn’t be much surplus cash to give to charities this year.
Mr Bush added: “The runners were a real asset to the event; they brought extra life and colour to the showground. We really hope they can do it again next year.”
Winners of the float competition for adults were Market Harborough WI, with Highco MRM second and Sainsbury’s third.
Little Bowden Primary School won the children’s float competition, with Meadowdale Primary School second and Little Angels nursery third.
Great Bowden Academy won the It’s a Knockout competition, and Market Harborough C of E School won the five-a-side football.
Meanwhile, the traditional Carnival Quiz at the Angel Hotel was won by the ‘Clueless’ team - for the seventh time!
Mr Bush also put out an early call for more volunteer marshals at next year’s carnival event.
Anyone who is interested shouldcontact MHCarnival@aol.com
See our slideshow of carnival photos here www.harboroughmail.co.uk/news/mail-news/picture-special-thousands-attend-market-harborough-carnival-1-6797993