WHAT links Sister Act with Star Wars? The Lytchett Minster and Upton Carnival of course.

The parade on Saturday wended its way along Poole Road past Upton Cross before turning into Moorland Way for the judging, and passing the main carnival fun day event in Sea View Road.

There were floats from all the local schools and pre-schools, from community groups and local businesses, and an array of entertainment at the fun day which continued into the evening.

Beacon community carnival chairman Vicky Orchard said: "I think it has probably been the biggest turnout we have ever had, in excess of 2,000 people.

"It is really encouraging and we seem to be getting bigger every year.

"I think the quality of our floats is the draw, we are just a small committee and rely very much on the enthusiasm of those taking part.

"We have a lot of people volunteering their time and couldn't do it without them."

There was music on the day from the Bournemouth Carnival Band, who, following a competition on the carnival's Facebook page, were dressed in matching Batman outfits.

Poole Sea Cadets took part in the parade, alongside Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue, Ladybirds Pre-school, Upton Methodist Church Pre-school and 2Shoez Zumba, while Leticia Van Dyk was chosen as Carnival Queen.

In the fun day there were live bands on stage, refreshments, games and circus tricks for the youngsters and nearly 50 stalls selling a wide range of items.

Funds raised from the procession will go to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Huntington's Disease Association.