PICTURES: Streets alive with colour for Hartlepool festival

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Thousands of people lined the streets of Hartlepool for the highlight of this year’s carnival – the colourful and flamboyant parade.

Vintage cars, scooters, and floats with characters from Daleks to lads dressed as beer bottles, cruised along the streets of the Headland on Saturday.

Fancy dress competition entrants taking part in the Headland Carnival parade.

Fancy dress competition entrants taking part in the Headland Carnival parade.

Glorious weather put everyone in a carnival mood as people watched proceedings from windows, beer gardens and even pub roofs, along with children grandchildren, dogs and even the odd goldfish in a plastic bag.

Many had decorated their front gardens to welcome the procession and residents were stood having more than the odd tipple in the street, as children ran around excitedly.

Young cheerleaders, gymnasts and acrobats, a beauty queen and cadet band completed the line-up, with the parade culminating with a giant pink unicorn.

Chris Dunn, 34, was out in the street with partner Caroline Lewis, 32, son Ben, six months, and step-daughters Eleanor, five, and eight-year-old Molly.

Carnival Princess Rachael Woodward and Carnival Prince Jake Kitching.

Carnival Princess Rachael Woodward and Carnival Prince Jake Kitching.

“It’s a great way to get to know the neighbours and the whole family always have a great time,” he said.

“It’s always a brilliant atmosphere for the whole family, there is something for everyone, really.”

Caroline said: “This is only our second carnival since moving here from Darlington, but we will go every year. It’s such a great party atmosphere, and especially in this weather, everyone’s having a good time.”

A fancy dress competition was judged at the putting green, with categories for all ages as well as groups with prize money for the top three in each.

Scooter owners taking part in the Headland Carnival parade.

Scooter owners taking part in the Headland Carnival parade.

A market in Town Square and Wild West re-enactments in Croft Gardens were some of the other goings-on on the Headland.

The hugely popular Nutty Slack Race also returned as competitors were invited to run a route, carrying a four-stone sack.

Vikings Stephen and Jared Cook(9).

Vikings Stephen and Jared Cook(9).

One of the entries in the Headland Carnival fancy dress competition.

One of the entries in the Headland Carnival fancy dress competition.

A Chinese dragon entertains the crowd at the Headland Carnival parade.

A Chinese dragon entertains the crowd at the Headland Carnival parade.

Chantele Dawes(centre) with Demi-Leigh Hoey(left and Skyla Rickerby who were characters from the Mary Poppins film.

Chantele Dawes(centre) with Demi-Leigh Hoey(left and Skyla Rickerby who were characters from the Mary Poppins film.

One of the entries in the Headland Carnival fancy dress competition.

One of the entries in the Headland Carnival fancy dress competition.

Andy Capp(Sylvia Johnson and Flo(Kloe Breeze).

Andy Capp(Sylvia Johnson and Flo(Kloe Breeze).

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'. One of the entries in the Headland Carnival fancy dress competition.

'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs'. One of the entries in the Headland Carnival fancy dress competition.