Colourful creations take to the streets for Hartlepool Carnival parade

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

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From carnival queens and cheerleaders to a giant unicorn and Batmobile, colourful costumes paraded through The Headland for the annual Hartlepool Carnival spectacular.

Hundreds lined the streets for one of the highlights of the festival, which began at Town Square with members of Hartlepool Hawks Cheerleading squad cartwheeling their way through the streets.

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Princess Nicole Gough (12) in Saturdays parade

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Princess Nicole Gough (12) in Saturdays parade

Among those cheering on the participants was Jeff Blair, 54.

The dad-of-two from Hartlepool said: “It’s a great tradition for the town and always good fun, people put a lot of effort in with their costumes. I remember taking part when I was younger and being on the back of the wagons. It’s a shame there aren’t as many wagons now due to health and safety, it was always a great sight.

“Still, it’s great to see people coming out. It’s been great weather too, which helps.”

As well as those who congregated at The Headland, many ex pat Poolies, from as far afield as Kuala Lumpur, Portugal and Germany, watched from home with our live Facebook stream.

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

Joan Western, who now lives in South Wales, said: “In the 1950’s my sister Sheila and I belonged to Muriel Carr dancing school and took part in Hartlepool carnival, dancing to Spring Spring Spring from Seven Brides For Seven Brothers.”

Anthony Watson said: “Watching the carnival from Tamworth and miss it like crazy.”

Michael Anthony Ingledew said: “Brings back load of amazing memories as a boy from an amazing town. Live in Spain now and every year fly home, nothing like home.”

Kerry Dolman said: “Watching from Athens, Greece - thank you - really brought back some lovely memories.”

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

Others said the parade had changed over the years.

Vicky Gilmartin said: “I remember the old jazz bands and floats and all the big decorations. Confused at the bikes and cars.”

Linda Robson said: “It looked good, but not the same without jazz band. But well done.”

Other highlights of the day included live music and medieval re-enactment displays, as well as the return of the popular Nutty Slack Race at the Victoria Arms and the final day of the funfair at Moor Parade.

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade

2016 Hartlepool Carnival Parade