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Carnival Attracts Thousands In Northampton

Thousands of people poured onto the streets of Northampton to see the town’s annual carnival parade.

There were more than 40 floats and troupes taking part in the 2011 event, which organisers say is a record in the carnival’s seven-year history. The theme was Footsteps Through Life: A Colourful Journey.

The fun began at the town’s Delapre Park, where there were stalls, food, ethnic art and entertainment. The parade then made its way through the streets to Abington Street and back again, when the festivities continued.

Troupes from Luton, Bedford and Nottingham joined the carnival, as well as many local groups and schools.

Janet Gordon, who helped organise the event, said: “It was absolutely wonderful. Everyone said they had a wonderful time.

“It’s definitely one of the best since the carnival was revived and the weather was really good to us, which is always important. The whole thing was amazing. There’s been a really good, feel-good atmosphere all day, with people smiling everywhere.”

Schoolchildren were given the opportunity to take part in workshops with artists before the event to make their own carnival costumes.

Jason Griffiths, who took his three year-old son, Ashton, to the carnival, added: “We really enjoyed ourselves. There were some really great parts, which made me feel like I was back in the Caribbean.

“All the great music coming from the floats and the typical carnival dresses really gave it that carnival feel. It’s a great event for Northampton.”

The event is organised by the Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium.

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