THOUSANDS of revellers packed the streets of Swanage to cheer on the annual carnival procession as it snaked its way around town.

This year’s theme was ‘Swanage goes Global’ and participants took their inspiration from across the world.

Floats were pulled along by tractors, and there was even a marching band whose members all dressed up as Batman.

Sunday’s procession, on day two of the town’s carnival and regatta week, was just one of more than 100 events scheduled.

Carnival committee chairman Becky Mack, who also attended a wedding at Camp Bestival on procession day, said: “We’ve had a good start, considering Saturday’s weather we are pretty happy. All of the shows on the field went ahead, the fireworks were packed and the bands attracted a huge crowd. The marquee was absolutely full to the rafters.

“The zip line and the family fun day didn’t go ahead as planned on Saturday, but the family fun day will be rescheduled and the zip line is running now.

“Thankfully the sun has come out for procession day.”

The main marquee is at Sandpit Field but events have been taking place across Swanage.

The zip line, which was proving popular yesterday, will remain at Prince Albert Gardens for the duration on the regatta.

Meanwhile, the Red Arrows are set to display over Swanage Bay on Friday afternoon before the grand finale fireworks the following evening.

“We’ve had a fantastic response to the Red Arrows returning as well,” said Becky.

“Everyone is looking forward to the display. They try to fly whatever the weather, so everything is looking good for Friday.”

Last year’s carnival raised more than £22,500 for charities and local good causes. Organisers are hoping to top that amount in 2017.

Becky said: “The carnival costs over £195,000 each year, receiving no funding from any source unless raised by the sheer determination of my brilliant carnival friends through sponsorship, the carnival programme and local support.”

Events taking place throughout this week include junior crabbing, wacky races, a biathlon, dog agility dancing, touch rugby, beach treasure hunt, foot golf masquerade magic night and much, much more.

Becky said: “So join our party and have the time of your lives at the carnival like no other.”