Biggleswade Carnival parade a super day out in the sun

Dreams Theatre School at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

Dreams Theatre School at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

There was hardly a cloud in the sky today as the annual Biggleswade Carnival parade made its way through the town.

The Biggleswade Sea Cadets band during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

The Biggleswade Sea Cadets band during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

The parade, starting and finishing in Mead End, this year followed a theme of TV gold. It featured floats including a Top of the Pops-themed offering from the town’s amateur theatrical society, a Thunderbirds flaot from the Scouts, and more – as well as displays from groups including the Shefford Majorettes.

The Biggleswade Sea Cadets band during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

The Biggleswade Sea Cadets band during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

Photographer Andy Buckley captured many of the moments from 2pm onwards, and told the Comet the highlight was the amount of effort put into the parade.

The Carnival Court during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

The Carnival Court during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

“The Scouts’ Thunderbirds float was absolutely amazing and was a well deserved Pride of Parade winner,” he said. “It was great to see so many smiling faces. Everybody was enjoying themselves. It was a real credit to the town.”

The Biggleswade Scouts float during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

The Biggleswade Scouts float during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

Jane Thompson, from the Biggleswade Scouts, posted in the We Love Biggleswade Facebook group that she was “so proud” of the Thunderbirds entry.

The Biggleswade Scouts' Pride of Parade-winning Thunderbirds float during the 2018 Biggleswade Carni

The Biggleswade Scouts' Pride of Parade-winning Thunderbirds float during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant


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“The hard work of the unpaid volunteer leaders, children, parent helpers and Anderson’s Transport – we did great and we looked fab,” she said.

Thunderbirds-themed fundraisers at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

Thunderbirds-themed fundraisers at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

“Talking as the leader of Mercury Beavers, the children’s spirit was amazing.”

The Ivel Sprinter during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

The Ivel Sprinter during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

Money collected on the day goes to the carnival fund and will be distributed to charities at the end of the year. To find out more, see biggleswade-carnival.org.

Crowds follow the Ivel Sprinter bus at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

Crowds follow the Ivel Sprinter bus at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

Dreams Theatre School at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

Dreams Theatre School at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

Shefford Majorettes in the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

Shefford Majorettes in the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

Shefford Majorettes in the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

Shefford Majorettes in the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

The Saxon Pool & Leisure Centre's Baywatch-themed float in the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Pic

The Saxon Pool & Leisure Centre's Baywatch-themed float in the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

The Saxon Pool & Leisure Centre's Baywatch-themed float in the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Pic

The Saxon Pool & Leisure Centre's Baywatch-themed float in the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

BTCA cheerleaders at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

BTCA cheerleaders at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

A ducky-costumed fundraiser at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

A ducky-costumed fundraiser at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

The Gardener's Arms float during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

The Gardener's Arms float during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

Fundraising during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

Fundraising during the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

Biggleswade Amateur Theatrical Society with their Top of the Pops-themed float at the Biggleswade Ca

Biggleswade Amateur Theatrical Society with their Top of the Pops-themed float at the Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

The Rotary Club of Biggleswade's float at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckle

The Rotary Club of Biggleswade's float at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

Batman, Two-Face and Poison Ivy at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

Batman, Two-Face and Poison Ivy at the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

The end of the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley

The end of the 2018 Biggleswade Carnival parade. Picture: Andy Buckley - Credit: Archant

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