Organisers of this winter’s festival of light say it was the most successful ever.
The Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Carnival of Light in December attracted more people than ever before and raised a record amount of money for charity.
Thousands of people lined the streets of the neighbouring towns to watch the carnival pass by. Organisers say the event attracted people of all ages.
The winter celebration raised £425.78 for Kisses4Kids, a charity that helps youngsters who are terminally ill, and their families.
Tony Corrigan, chairman of the Hoddesdon and Broxbourne Carnival of Light Committee, said: “The Carnival of Light was absolutely amazing, and certainly the most successful in every respect.
“There is no doubt it was the best attended event so far, and the enthusiasm and support was shown by residents and councillors alike.
“The committee received lots of compliments and many people were coming up to me to shake my hand and congratulate me.
“Most importantly, when you see the looks on the little kids’ faces you know it makes it all worthwhile.”
The carnival parade was led by Father Christmas and included floats, walkers and a carnival queen and princesses.
Carnival court manager Len Smith said: “”It really brought the whole town together, and even the Mayor kept telling me he has never seen this many people in Hoddesdon before.
“I’d like to say a special thank you to Broxbourne Council, who have been so supportive in terms of all the publicity which has helped to bring people in.”