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.