HUNDREDS turned out for a colourful parade of costumes and revelry on Saturday in Winton.

The annual summer carnival attracted the crowds to Winton’s main shopping area on Saturday morning to see the procession.

Bournemouth Carnival Band kicked off the entertainment, before Poole town crier David Squire announced the opening of the popular annual event.

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In total there were 22 floats in the parade, including a World Cup-themed entry from St Luke’s School and a colourful group of youngsters representing St Walburga’s School.

There were performances from local arts groups and even some Sesame Street characters made a special appearance with Big Bird, Elmo and the Cookie Monster favourites among the spectators.

Local Rainbows, Brownies and Guides won the top prize for their float, which was a double decker bus decorated in zebra print with all the groups dressed up as different animals.

They were presented with their prize by Bournemouth West MP Conor Burns.

After the parade, which ended at Winton Recreation Ground, the entertainment continued in the new dance arena, with stalls and live music also taking place.

Michelle Carroll, chairman of Winton Carnival committee said the day had been a great success.

She said: “The weather was brilliant. Despite all the bad forecasts, it stayed fine right up until we were putting the last thing in the car to clear-up.

“The dance arena was packed all day and we spread out some of the stalls this year, which was welcomed by most people.

“We’re just really pleased with how it all went.”

The group are appealing for more volunteers to lend a hand for next year’s event.

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