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Thousands line the streets for Colchester Carnival
11:12am Saturday 30th June 2012 in Local news
THE COLCHESTER Carnival procession enjoyed by thousands.
UPDATED 5.15pm - Thousands lined the sunny streets of Colchester for the carnival procession.
Sports clubs, charities, dancers, businesses and more all joined in and were cheered by the crowds lining the streets.
At some points spectators were five deep as they breathed in the party atmosphere amid a cacophony of sound and colour.
Those near the start of the procession praised the organisers and the participants but many wanted some of the military bands who graced the event many years ago to come back.
UPDATED 3.40pm - Colchester Council's Tim Pickard has been given the honour of leading the carnival. He said: "I am very much looking forward to leading it in my monkey suit. "I did it for the first time last year and thought I would dress up this year.
"I am sure a lot of people will come out and watch and we have the weather we wanted."
UPDATED 3pm - The Colchester Carnival is just one hour away. Dan Woodruff, chairman of the organising committee, said: "I am really excited and everything is going well. "The colour of Colchester is coming out. We are absolutely delighted with the turnout. "We have been planning this since the last carnival finished and are looking forward to showing off the people of Colchester and we are proud to be able to do it."
" We have about 45 floats and 1,000 people taking part." All money raised will go to local charities.
UPDATED 2.30pm - Hopscotch world record attempt has begun in Lower Castle Park. Need 400 to break the record. Organisers getting ready for 4pm carnival procession
Gates opened at Castle Park at 11am for a series of fun family events.
The procession itself begins at 4pm and will run for two hours along Butt Road, Head Street and High Street.
Castle Park will host stalls, a showground and a Hopscotch world record attempt.
There will also be a cultural diversity festival and a fairground in lower Castle Park.