Carnival parade brings a sea of colour and wave of sound to Beccles

Part of the colourful profession at Beccles Carnival 2017
. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Part of the colourful profession at Beccles Carnival 2017 . Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Were it not for the odd grey cloud in the sky, a visitor to Beccles over the weekend could have been forgiven for thinking they were in Rio de Janeiro.

Ah-ha, me hearties! Pirates on board one float. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Ah-ha, me hearties! Pirates on board one float. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Families lined the streets of the town as dozens of floats created by businesses and groups brought a sea of colour and a wave of sound.

There were floats made up to look like pirate ships, another based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory complete with Oompa Loompas, as well as other colourful characters, drummers, musicians and dancers,

The carnival was opened by Miss Beccles, Samantha Chapman, and her prince and princess attendants, Josh Brabben, Esme Jermany and Lily Godon. The event also featured competitions, including the annual Beccles Bonny Baby competition, a fun dog show, a variety of races and arena displays, including a performance from Kessingland amateur dramatics group.

In the evening on Saturday, Beccles Quay Rocks returned to the carnival site, with live music courtesy of the Fortunate Sons, the Stereotypes and headliners Catch 22.

Collectors with buckets. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Collectors with buckets. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Following the carnival procession on Sunday, revellers were treated to a host of arena performance, including the Waggy Tails Dog Parade, Urban Allstars, Bollywood Sparkles and Caroline Yardy’s Zumba. Carnival-goers were also able to enjoy browsing a huge variety of stalls – the largest number the event has hosted to date – as well as traditional games and refreshments.

For the first time, the event also enjoyed the addition of a fun zone, which replaced last year’s fun fair and included a challenging inflatable assault course.

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Next year’s carnival will be held on August 18 and 19.

Youngsters on board one of the floats. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Youngsters on board one of the floats. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The parade brought a wave of colour and sound to the town centre. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

The parade brought a wave of colour and sound to the town centre. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Colourful characters at Beccles Carnival parade. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Colourful characters at Beccles Carnival parade. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Miss Beccles, Samantha Chapman. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Miss Beccles, Samantha Chapman. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Youngsters on a pirate themed float. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN

Youngsters on a pirate themed float. Picture: SONYA DUNCAN - Credit: Sonya Duncan

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