With the recent unpredictable weather of late hopes were pinning on a good sunny day for this years carnival procession though my home town of Biggleswade.
The Biggleswade carnival parade goes back as far as 1957, then the carnival Queen was Josie Dobson this year it is the turn of Niamh Hanahoe to be Queen.
The parade starts and finishes at the nearby Academy on Mead End which happens to be a, 5 mins walk from where I live, so I set out at 12-45 took the short walk to the assembled floats and participants that took part in the parade.
Armed with my Nikon D-300 and a couple of lenses I set out to capture some images for this blog. With the weather being hot and sunny, it was a good start for the committee who spent a long time organising this event, mind you the thought of those participants that happened to be walking the course during the parade with the heat,as well as wearing costumes must have taken there toll on them, there was a break half way round the course, outside the Gardeners Arms on Potton Road. refreshments were on tap when they arrived relief for some,then it was the return back to where they had started. the course is at least 2-3-miles long for some it was a doddle, for the younger persons it must of been tough going, all in aid of a great party atmosphere and raise money for local charities.
The theme for this years floats were Colour Association with themes such as Christmas, Wizard of Oz, Lion King and the Red Arrows, which caught my eye being a Aviation fan, there were also individual characters who dressed up to be part of the parade. Once I had finished with taking images at the start I then made my way back past my house and waited for the parade to make its way round to get some images of the parade in action and it wasn’t long before it finally arrived 12 + floats led by the local emergency services , carnival court and the local Sea Cadet band all of which were having fun.
Had a great couple of hours photographing this event ,a large turnout and support from the local community is what makes Biggleswade carnival a success every year. I hope the money raised helps those who are less fortunate than others.