Thousands of people filled the streets of a North Devon village last night to enjoy one of the area’s biggest carnivals.
The 2013 Hartland Carnival kicked off last night in the centre of the village with thousands of people spectating and hundreds taking part in the array of floats and walking entries.
Some of the floats included Mary Poppins, Despicable Me and Les Misérables themes.
Brian Redwood, a Torridge district councillor, who is also on the carnival committee, said the event was a big success with more people than in recent years.
Brian, who was on a float himself – the Madagascar 3 float – said: “As I was in the carnival myself it is always difficult to get an overall view but there was definitely a bigger crowd that in recent years.
The carnival royalty during the procession:
“We always have thousands but this year seemed big. I think the weather helped because it stayed dry and it had been sunny during the day to get people in the mood.
“The carnival procession itself lasted until 9pm and then there was music in The Square until midnight.”
“We have not counted up the money yet but hopefully we will have raised quite a bit, it then gets distributed among local community groups.”