Saturday saw the return of Cleethorpes Carnival, with thousands of people turning out to join in the fun.
The carnival has been a staple in Cleethorpes’ event calendar since the first parade in 1976, however in 2007, it’s future was threatened when North East Lincolnshire Council decided not to fund the parade, and the final carnival was expected to take place in 2012. Fewer and fewer people were attending the event, and floats faced criticism for a lack of effort, but luckily a group of volunteers, the non-profit Cleethorpes Events Ltd., came to the rescue, and the carnival has been going from strength to strength ever since, with thanks to sponsorship from Young’s Seafood.
This year, over 80 organisations, charities, schools and performing arts clubs took part with floats and displays that included vibrant colours, fancy dress, upbeat music and lots of interaction. Granny Turismo provided laughs, while the Battling Giants entertained the crowds – and you couldn’t miss the giant inflatable caterpillar!
The organisers are now constantly searching for funding to keep this local traditional alive. More information is available from the Cleethorpes Community Carnival website.