VIDEO & PICTURES: Buxton Carnival 2015

Buxton took centre stage on Saturday as thousands lined the streets for the annual carnival.

The joyous celebration, blessed with fine weather, featured a grand pageant parade in the afternoon boasting the usual mix of colourful floats, foot characters and marching bands.

And members of the community young and old were in fine voice as they cheered on the participants during the procession’s two-hour wander around the town’s streets.

The 2015 event marked the 175th anniversary of Buxton Well Dressing Festival, but it wasn’t the only milestone being celebrated.

The legendary Buxton Billerettes toasted 40 years since making their dancing debut, while Buxton Riding School marked the ‘big three-0’ with their equestrian-themed float entry, complete with inflatable horses.

Among the many other entrants was Chelmorton’s now customary tribute to The King, while Buxton Community School brought a taste of the seaside to land-locked Derbyshire and the scouts provided a touch of wartime spirit.

Buxton Carnival, thirty years of Buxton Riding School

Buxton Carnival, thirty years of Buxton Riding School

Top of the Pops was the theme for the loud and proud Face Facts/High Peak Radio/New Bodies Gym mash-up, there was a taste of Mardi Gras from Dove Holes and an 80s blast from the past courtesy of the local guides.

Following the procession, the focus turned to the Pavilion Gardens for the parade of queens, duck race and entertainment, including live bands on the bandstand.

Earlier, engine problems had forced the cancellation of the eagerly-anticipated Dakota flypast over the town by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Festival draws to a close tomorrow (Sunday) with a charity football tournament at the Silverlands from 2pm, followed by a service at St Anne’s Church, on Bath Road, at 6pm.

To view a gallery of pictures by photographer Jason Chadwick, click the link above.

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