VIDEO: Thousands line streets for Colchester Carnival parade

VIDEO: Thousands line streets for Colchester Carnival parade

VIDEO: Thousands line streets for Colchester Carnival parade

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Thousands of revellers had fun in the sun as the annual Colchester Carnival took over the town centre.

Stalls, rides, entertainment, food and drink stalls were spread across Castle Park throughout Saturday, while a movie-themed procession travelled through the streets during the afternoon.

Organisers believe about 11,000 people watched the town centre procession, while 7,000 visited the park attractions.

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4:51pm Sun 20 Jul 14

colchlad says...

I hope the police were handing out stab vests. Oh no, wait, that would actually require Colchester police to do something about knife crime.
I hope the police were handing out stab vests. Oh no, wait, that would actually require Colchester police to do something about knife crime. colchlad
  • Score: 61

5:13pm Sun 20 Jul 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

colchlad wrote:
I hope the police were handing out stab vests. Oh no, wait, that would actually require Colchester police to do something about knife crime.
**** !!!
[quote][p][bold]colchlad[/bold] wrote: I hope the police were handing out stab vests. Oh no, wait, that would actually require Colchester police to do something about knife crime.[/p][/quote]**** !!! SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: -62

6:33pm Sun 20 Jul 14

A Very Primate Gentleman says...

colchlad wrote:
I hope the police were handing out stab vests. Oh no, wait, that would actually require Colchester police to do something about knife crime.
You utter Muppet!
[quote][p][bold]colchlad[/bold] wrote: I hope the police were handing out stab vests. Oh no, wait, that would actually require Colchester police to do something about knife crime.[/p][/quote]You utter Muppet! A Very Primate Gentleman
  • Score: -60

7:40pm Sun 20 Jul 14

colchlad says...

Really? Im sure you'll feel exactly the same, when you are confonted or threatened with a knife or stabbed multiple times and murdered. There's been a ridiculous amount of knife crime in Colchester even in the last fortnight. Clearly your all members of the 'out of sight out of mind' group. I wonder if you will feel the same when its you facing it.
Really? Im sure you'll feel exactly the same, when you are confonted or threatened with a knife or stabbed multiple times and murdered. There's been a ridiculous amount of knife crime in Colchester even in the last fortnight. Clearly your all members of the 'out of sight out of mind' group. I wonder if you will feel the same when its you facing it. colchlad
  • Score: 60

7:43pm Sun 20 Jul 14

colchlad says...

Besides it looks less like a carnival, more like devil worship.
Besides it looks less like a carnival, more like devil worship. colchlad
  • Score: 62

9:33pm Sun 20 Jul 14

helenbach says...

not sure if headline is correct with the pics shown........" thousands" line the streets??
for the limited coverage shown on- line it looked an enjoyable event ......... :)
not sure if headline is correct with the pics shown........" thousands" line the streets?? for the limited coverage shown on- line it looked an enjoyable event ......... :) helenbach
  • Score: -63

9:33pm Sun 20 Jul 14

AVeryPrivateGentleman says...

colchlad wrote:
Really? Im sure you'll feel exactly the same, when you are confonted or threatened with a knife or stabbed multiple times and murdered. There's been a ridiculous amount of knife crime in Colchester even in the last fortnight. Clearly your all members of the 'out of sight out of mind' group. I wonder if you will feel the same when its you facing it.
Dont worry Colchlad, its their time of the month, they cant even invent their own gazette name without plagiarism.
WE get your drift but it opens you up for a bit of the usual on this site.
Remember we are the gentleman they are "The Primate".
They think like one too!
[quote][p][bold]colchlad[/bold] wrote: Really? Im sure you'll feel exactly the same, when you are confonted or threatened with a knife or stabbed multiple times and murdered. There's been a ridiculous amount of knife crime in Colchester even in the last fortnight. Clearly your all members of the 'out of sight out of mind' group. I wonder if you will feel the same when its you facing it.[/p][/quote]Dont worry Colchlad, its their time of the month, they cant even invent their own gazette name without plagiarism. WE get your drift but it opens you up for a bit of the usual on this site. Remember we are the gentleman they are "The Primate". They think like one too! AVeryPrivateGentleman
  • Score: 61

9:33am Mon 21 Jul 14

DAZZ1981 says...

What a load of rubbish waste of time dont know why Colchester bother.
What a load of rubbish waste of time dont know why Colchester bother. DAZZ1981
  • Score: 2

10:59am Mon 21 Jul 14

sam vines says...

DAZZ1981 wrote:
What a load of rubbish waste of time dont know why Colchester bother.
Because our social sense of community and respect for others is eroding quickly. Hats off to those who put the effort and hard work to take part what's sad is only about 10% of the towns population could be bothered with it. However a lot of that can be put down to the short route it takes.
[quote][p][bold]DAZZ1981[/bold] wrote: What a load of rubbish waste of time dont know why Colchester bother.[/p][/quote]Because our social sense of community and respect for others is eroding quickly. Hats off to those who put the effort and hard work to take part what's sad is only about 10% of the towns population could be bothered with it. However a lot of that can be put down to the short route it takes. sam vines
  • Score: 4

12:19pm Mon 21 Jul 14

DAZZ1981 says...

Its still utter garbage.
Its still utter garbage. DAZZ1981
  • Score: 0

2:05pm Mon 21 Jul 14

romantic says...

It seemed fairly packed along High St and Head St, so there probably were thousands. It's a very inexact science working out crowd numbers, depending if you're the police describing a demonstration ("a few hundred, maximum") or a gushing commentator on a royal wedding ("millions").

There was a certain lack of oomph to it all, somehow. You used to chuck coins at the floats and in return they'd come back with sweets, plastic toys or water guns. Drunks in the pubs would leer at the carnival queen and good-naturedly insult everyone else. Maybe I'm the dinosaur on this, but it all seemed far more clean-cut, sober, almost clinical. Found myself nostalgic for the carnivals of the past which always seemed to hover on the edge of chaos but just about got there.

Well done to all who took part, and I hope next year many more get involved to make it bigger and better.
It seemed fairly packed along High St and Head St, so there probably were thousands. It's a very inexact science working out crowd numbers, depending if you're the police describing a demonstration ("a few hundred, maximum") or a gushing commentator on a royal wedding ("millions"). There was a certain lack of oomph to it all, somehow. You used to chuck coins at the floats and in return they'd come back with sweets, plastic toys or water guns. Drunks in the pubs would leer at the carnival queen and good-naturedly insult everyone else. Maybe I'm the dinosaur on this, but it all seemed far more clean-cut, sober, almost clinical. Found myself nostalgic for the carnivals of the past which always seemed to hover on the edge of chaos but just about got there. Well done to all who took part, and I hope next year many more get involved to make it bigger and better. romantic
  • Score: 4

3:11pm Mon 21 Jul 14

hughie-s says...

Fairly packed? From the video of Head Street I would describe it as sparse. In days gone by they would be four or five deep. Agree about the lack of oomph but the days of a hospital float with a surgeon axe in hand holding up a false leg or beer bellied men in a variety of female attire are gone, fearful of upsetting the politically correct.
Fairly packed? From the video of Head Street I would describe it as sparse. In days gone by they would be four or five deep. Agree about the lack of oomph but the days of a hospital float with a surgeon axe in hand holding up a false leg or beer bellied men in a variety of female attire are gone, fearful of upsetting the politically correct. hughie-s
  • Score: 1

3:13pm Mon 21 Jul 14

jammin says...

seems to be a lot of likes both ways....ie colchlad has 61 likes, next comment has 62 dislikes, then 60 dislikes, then 61 likes....very coincidental

Does someone here have multiple IP addresses by chance?
seems to be a lot of likes both ways....ie colchlad has 61 likes, next comment has 62 dislikes, then 60 dislikes, then 61 likes....very coincidental Does someone here have multiple IP addresses by chance? jammin
  • Score: 5

4:53pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Smouldering Ewok says...

The EADT has much much better pictures and yes there were thousands.
The EADT has much much better pictures and yes there were thousands. Smouldering Ewok
  • Score: 1

4:55pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

Great day for colchester to put aside all the **** which is occurring and was nice seeing the town buzzing !!!!
Great day for colchester to put aside all the **** which is occurring and was nice seeing the town buzzing !!!! Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 4

4:55pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Shaneblackdarkknight says...

Great day for colchester to put aside all the **** which is occurring and was nice seeing the town buzzing !!!!
Great day for colchester to put aside all the **** which is occurring and was nice seeing the town buzzing !!!! Shaneblackdarkknight
  • Score: 0

11:41pm Mon 21 Jul 14

Assimilation says...

It was a fair day and even the blue badge holders helped out by forming a crowd control barriers.
All complete and utter morons, they could not even stay out of the town for one hour.
They should all have got a ticket.
It was a fair day and even the blue badge holders helped out by forming a crowd control barriers. All complete and utter morons, they could not even stay out of the town for one hour. They should all have got a ticket. Assimilation
  • Score: 4

12:02am Tue 22 Jul 14

Boris says...

jammin wrote:
seems to be a lot of likes both ways....ie colchlad has 61 likes, next comment has 62 dislikes, then 60 dislikes, then 61 likes....very coincidental

Does someone here have multiple IP addresses by chance?
Same happened on another story recently. Someone has found a way to alter the likes and dislikes. The other story also had either +61 or -61 for every comment.
[quote][p][bold]jammin[/bold] wrote: seems to be a lot of likes both ways....ie colchlad has 61 likes, next comment has 62 dislikes, then 60 dislikes, then 61 likes....very coincidental Does someone here have multiple IP addresses by chance?[/p][/quote]Same happened on another story recently. Someone has found a way to alter the likes and dislikes. The other story also had either +61 or -61 for every comment. Boris
  • Score: 0

9:09am Thu 24 Jul 14

Recruiter Dave says...

Don't understand the Assimilation comment, I took part with my daughter and were near the back of the carnival, brilliant to take part.
Had strange incident in front of me in head street by Debenhams, Disabled tend to park on double yellows, one of the car owners decided they had had enough and joined the parade.
Clown stopped them and persuaded her to reverse back, have picture if u want it Colchester Gazette!
Don't understand the Assimilation comment, I took part with my daughter and were near the back of the carnival, brilliant to take part. Had strange incident in front of me in head street by Debenhams, Disabled tend to park on double yellows, one of the car owners decided they had had enough and joined the parade. Clown stopped them and persuaded her to reverse back, have picture if u want it Colchester Gazette! Recruiter Dave
  • Score: 0

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