MARCHING bands, float teams and organisers gathered in a hive of frantic activity earlier this afternoon as final preparations were made for this year’s Skegness Carnival Parade.
More than 25 intricately designed floats laden with pantomime costumed characters assembled at Wainfleet Road Playing Field before embarking on their journey throughout the town.
Skegness Carnival Queen Bethany Wilson and Princess Kenzie Lane-Parvin surveyed the scene with a sense of regal pride.
Bethany said: “It’s a pleasure to be here representing Skegness.
“Everyone has turned ut today and they are all looking lovely and have clearly made a really big effort.
“It’s great to see the community get together for a day of celebration.”
The parade will kick start a week of fun carnival activities, which marks the culmination of thousands of hours of dedicated work by Skegness Carnival Committee’s team of volunteers.
Committee vice chairman Margaret Taylor said: “The important message we’ve got for this year is ‘use it or lose it’.
“We’ve already lost Spalding Flower Show and Cleethorpes Carnival, so people need to get behind this event if we are to save it.
“It’s family fun and we do everything for free if we can - we think it’s important for Skegness locals and visitors to have something where they can all come together as one.”
“By the end of today we will have heard from visitors asking when next year’s carnival will take place so they can book their stay - which demonstrates how important this event is.”
The carnival parade began at 1.30pm, so get out there and enjoy it!