Thousands turn out to make Huntingdon Carnival a record success
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Huntingdon Carnival saw its biggest turnout since the event was re-launched three years ago, organisers have said.
The two-day event, which featured the carnival on Saturday followed by Live in the Park on Sunday, saw an estimated 8,000 people visit Riverside Park to enjoy the festivities.
Chairman of the organising committee, Bill Hensley, said: “In my last year as mayor I wanted to leave a legacy so I restarted the carnival, though I was told I would fail. In the first year about 2,000 people turned up, the second year saw about 4-5,000 people.
“This year I estimated about 8,000 people came through across the two days so it has been a mega success.”
The carnival on Saturday started with a parade of some 200 people, which made its way to Riverside Park from a new starting point, where a host of stalls, games, and amusements awaited revellers.
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There was also a dog show, dance demonstrations, and entertainment laid on through the day.
The following day, visitors were treated to a variety of music acts for Live in the Park.
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Perry Road Studios sponsored the Live in the Park stage, which featured a number of local bands and musicians on the Sunday.
Huntingdon Community Radio broadcast live from the event across both days.
Mr Hensley said: “There were so many community groups involved in the event and I feel so proud of how it went. I am also very grateful to Ray Godby and the organising committee for all of their hard work.”