Whitley Bay goes wild as thousands flock to carnival

Thousands of people descended on Whitley Bay as the town went wild.

Hundreds of people – young and old – took to the streets for the Whitley Bay Carnival parade in front of a record audience.

Whitley Bay Carnival. Picture by Iain Brown

Whitley Bay Carnival. Picture by Iain Brown

Thousands lined the mile long route through the town to see a river of animated colour with the white swan, larger than life dolphin, and Graham Robinson’s giant pink octopus floating above hundreds of costumed and choreographed school children, community groups, willing volunteers and well-rehearsed bands.

Carnival co-organiser, sculptor Richard Broderick stepped out in style as the Carnival Queen with artist designer Gilly Rogers as his powdered consort and were joined by a dancing entourage and On Board Arts community Maracatu drummers Bloco Abacaixa.

Carol Alevroyianni, creative producer, said: “It seems like everyone in the town has been involved in making this year’s carnival happen.

“Local traders helped with sponsorship and support in kind from web site building to free van hire, North Tyneside Council stepped in to help with essential infrastructure and local residents gave up hours of their times to help make costumes, decorations, learn dances and pieces of music.

Thousands of People attand Whitley Bay Carnival. Picture by Carol Alevroyianni.

Thousands of People attand Whitley Bay Carnival. Picture by Carol Alevroyianni.

“The results were this noisy colourful coming together of a very proud community.”

The sell out Carnival Ball got the weekend off to a good start on the balmy Spanish City Plaza as the Friday sun went down and not even a sudden torrential downpour on Saturday afternoon could dampen carnival spirits.

Lisa Mitchell, owner of Escape , said: “As ever, it was fantastic community event that makes us all so proud and quite emotional to live and work in Whitley Bay.

“I loved the extended route which took in more of the town as I think even more people were able to enjoy the parade this year and see some of the amazing costumes and performers.

Whitley Bay Carnival. Picture by Iain Brown.

Whitley Bay Carnival. Picture by Iain Brown.

“Looking forward to next year already!”

More photos and videos are available on the carnival Facebook page and its www.whitleybaycarnival.co.uk