SLIDE SHOW: Rain does not dampen spirits at March Carnival

March Carnival Parade ANL-150615-061349009
March Carnival Parade ANL-150615-061349009
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Heavy rain cleared just in the time for March Carnival Parade to wind its way around the town.

Hundreds of people lined the streets to cheer on carnival princess Lilia-Joy Rust, eight, and attendant Amy-Rose Moore, who were carried through the town in a horse drawn carriage on Saturday.

The colourful parade – including floats, majorettes, bands and a host of town groups – left City Road car park to wind its way around town to West End Park.

Mayor Rob Skoulding and March Lions president Ruth Martin also formed part of the parade, which led onto the popular March Lions Gala.

Organisers are estimating a 50 per cent reduction in the crowds due to the rain but still attracted 1,200 to 1,300 people. Ian Groome of March Lions, said: “It was a very good event and everyone enjoyed themselves but it was a shame with the weather.

“We were very pleased that people put their macs on to brave the weather.”

The Tesco store in March was due to have a float within the parade but had to pull out.

A spokesman said: “Over the weekend we held a series of in-store events to raise money for our national charity partnership and unfortunately these clashed with the summer carnival. We’d like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

The parade and gala is one of the key events of March Summer Festival, which was held over the weekend.

Rock in the Park, Pop in the Park and Picnic in the Park were held between Friday and Sunday.

The festival was brought to a close by Fenland Youth Swing Band.

Summer festival committee chairman Marcus Phillips said: “It went very well and people seemed to enjoy themselves.

“The only disappointment to us was the weather.”

- For more pictures go to the Fenland Citizen website ww.fenlandcitizen.co.uk