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.
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.
“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.
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.