VIDEO: Northampton Carnival parade brings colour and noise to town centre

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Colourful floats and acrobatic dancers could be seen in Northampton town centre for the 2014 carnival parade.

For the second year running the event was based at Far Cotton Rec and included stage performances, stalls and a funfair.

Northampton Carnival, Northampton Town Centre. NNL-140614-191026009

Northampton Carnival, Northampton Town Centre. NNL-140614-191026009

The carnival procession left the Rec at 2pm and made its way down Delapre Crescent, London Road and then into the town centre via Bridge Street.

The theme of this year’s procession was ‘A Carnival Fantasy Of The World In Colours’ and more than 40 floats, including a number of dance schools from Northampton, took part in the event.

Due to roadworks in the town centre the route had to be slightly altered from last year so the floats travelled down Fish Street to get to St Giles Street.

Traffic came to a standstill in the town centre in the middle of the parade and one lorry was forced to make a three-point turn outside The Guildhall.

However, most of the onlookers seemed to enjoy the colour and noise the carnival brought to the town centre.

Christina DeCosta-Ryan, whose daughter was on the Razzle Dazzle float, said: “I come to watch it every year and I think it is a great celebration of our ethnic mix and diversity.”

Danielle Lewis, of Weston Favell, said: “I think it was really good. There was a good range of attaractions at the Rec.”

Tom McBride, of Far Cotton, said: “I come every year. I think it is great for the kids and the local community. I prefer when it is held at Delapre Abbey but the Rec has better access.”

The musical line-up on the stage at Far Cotton Rec included Hannah Faulkner, Velvet Engine, Ned The Kid Dylanand national artists, as well as a headline performance by UK Soca artist, Garvin ‘Scrappy’ Johnson.

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