Procession of colour as Gloucester Carnival takes to the streets
A PROCESSION bursting with colour poured out of Gloucester Park and through the city streets during this weekend's carnival.
The 77th annual Gloucester Carnival kicked off with energetic performances from the likes of the Ambitions dance group, Glo Active and Cheer Supreme Allstars.
The Ambitions dancers showed off their green credentials, in line with the event's eco-friendly theme, by wearing costumes made from recycling materials, including crisp packets and can clips.
The Glo Active Street Beat dance group also emphasised the message of caring for their environment with their performance. A panel of judges, including The Citizen's editor Jenny Eastwood and Mr Gloucester Yaseen Jaffer, judged the best floats and performances.
Anna Smith, of Stroud, was cheering on her granddaughter Eryn, eight.
She said: "I was there supporting my granddaughter and the rest of the Ambitions group. They were absolutely fantastic. Their costumes looked great."
After the dance performances, all the floats headed off for a parade around the city, heading along Park Road towards Trier Way and on to Eastgate Street and Westgate Street, finishing off in Lower Quay Street, with a crowd of thousands lining the route.
Amelia O'Loughlin, 13, one of the Ambitions dancers, said: "It was a great day. It was quite hard to make the outfit and took a while to collect all the materials. I have used a lot of crisp packets on my skirt. The other groups performed really well too."
Megan Darkes, 13, another dancer, said: "I really enjoyed dancing in front of everyone. I have been dancing for about three and half years so I was a little nervous but I am sort of used to it now."