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Step back in time to a carnival day in the 1980s

PUBLISHED: 10:30 24 August 2018

The carnival queen and princesses in 1983. Picture: JOHN KERR

The carnival queen and princesses in 1983. Picture: JOHN KERR

It always has one of the biggest parades in the region – and the Felixstowe Carnival of 1983 was as long as ever.

Some of the performers in the carnival. Picture: JOHN KERRSome of the performers in the carnival. Picture: JOHN KERR

The carnival has changed greatly in the past 30 years with different venues, being held on various dates during the summer, and an ever-changing and growing programme of activities.

It remains though one of Felixstowe’s most fun annual traditions which for decades has taken over the seaside town’s streets with a sea of fancy costumes and themed floats.

The carnival, which has been running for over 60 years, now lasts three days and has been expanded to include an evening at the proms, as well as featuring fireworks and various entertainment – plus the usual procession through the town.

The parade always draws big crowds with families lining the streets to watch as the cavalcade passes by with an assortment of performers and floats gradually making its way through the town centre to the seafront.

Some of the more interesting costumes in the parade. Picture: JOHN KERRSome of the more interesting costumes in the parade. Picture: JOHN KERR

The tradition of having a carnival queen and princesses has also remained throughout the years.

It’s not just the carnival capers which are interesting in this gallery though - see how many shops you can spot in Hamilton Road that you remember and that are no longer there.

Have you been a part of the procession in previous years? Do you remember attending the event in 1983 or bring on one of the floats? Can you spot yourself in one of these photos? Join in the conversation on the Enjoy Felixstowe More Facebook page.

Marching band leading the procession. Picture: JOHN KERRMarching band leading the procession. Picture: JOHN KERR

Baton twirlers marching through the streets. Picture: JOHN KERRBaton twirlers marching through the streets. Picture: JOHN KERR

Children lining the streets to watch the carnival. Picture: JOHN KERRChildren lining the streets to watch the carnival. Picture: JOHN KERR

An Olympic themed float. Picture: JOHN KERRAn Olympic themed float. Picture: JOHN KERR

On board one of the floats. Picture: JOHN KERROn board one of the floats. Picture: JOHN KERR

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