I remember the carnivals of the past when there would be decorated floats heading down the high street along with marching bands and majorettes. My cousin's twin daughters were majorettes and as a family we would go to all the carnivals they appeared in to support them. There was always a real community spirit around then but sadly things are different now. I'm not sure when the changes began but I do remember the last time this particular carnival had floats and bands and it wasn't all that long ago. We were a little late and had just parked the car on a roof top car park, not having time to get down to the street we watched the floats from the roof. Star was about two years old and Boo just a little baby. So I guess that would be about five years ago.
Now, our carnivals consist of lots of stalls promoting charities with games like Tombola and Hook a Duck, bouncy castles, carousel rides and a grass stage for performances from dancers, singers, fire eaters and such all day long. The procession may be gone but there is still lots of entertainment and fun to be had.
Next up was a ride on the tea cups. Little Man was happy to take part although he looks a little wary in this photo, you can see from the video that he loved the ride.
We then had a go at Hook A Duck, it was dead simple but the kids loved it, and it was a prize every time. You chose your prize from a box corresponding to the duck you picked up, Star chose from a box of cuddly toys which was just what she would have wanted, Boo got a bubble set which she was thrilled with and Little Man got to choose from a box of cars. Yay, smiles all around.
We then had a drink before watching some of the acts 'centre stage' Boo particular loved the dancers. She goes to dancing class herself, it would be lovely if she had the opportunity to take part in something like this in the future.
Time to chill out under a tree
There were also some lovely birds to see and the trainer gave a little show to explain how the birds hunt and survive. The kids were fascinated by them.