A majestic white swan and a large pink octopus are just two of the grand sculptures that were on display at this year’s carnival. The highlight of the weekend was the parade which was enjoyed by many as it made its way through the streets of Whitley Bay accompanied by brightly coloured costumed performers providing music, dance and other entertainment to the excited crowd. The music of the carnival inspired many to dance along as they were entertained with a wide range of styles from Samba to Marching Band music to Jazz. The carnival gathered a huge amount of community support with local businesses and North Tyneside Council getting involved in a range of ways, providing sponsorship and resources to make this year’s event even bigger than before.
Pupils from some of the local schools got involved. Some dressed up in bright colours and walked the parade with their friends; enjoying the wonderful atmosphere and glorious sunshine, and others brought their instruments and took part in the fantastic music that brought everyone together and set the carnival alight. People of all ages joined in and made the event a fantastic spectacle which couldn’t even be dampened by a short bout of torrential rain on the Saturday afternoon. Everyone left with high spirits and already looking forward to next year’s event.