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LIGHTS, camera, action was the cue for this year's movie themed parade at the Dorchester Carnival.

Visitors lined the streets to witness characters from Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings, Alice in Wonderland and many more travel along a new route.

See a video here

Crowds initially gathered in the wrong place, assuming the route hadn’t changed.

Volunteers and staff quickly directed people to spots where the parade was visible, which lasted for just over an hour.

This year’s floats headed through Brewery Square and along Weymouth Avenue before heading up Trinity Street, along Princes Street and back down Cornwall Road to the market car park.

No major incidents took place apart from Compassionate Dorset’s Land Rover breaking down near Iceland.

Carnival chairman John Palmer said this year's parade theme was decided after taking a vote and that he was pleased with the entries.

He said: "It's a fairly good turnout. The kids seem to be happy and that's what it's about.

"The clowns look brilliant and the majorettes are always very good."

Keir Francis, former chairman of Dorchester BID, was one of many spectators lining the streets.

He said: "It's a really good turnout. The crowd is as big as ever.

"It's a very important event for Dorchester and I'm really glad someone came forward to organise it."

A number of schools took part in the parade, including Westfield Arts College.

Teaching assistant Amanda Owens helped build a float in tribute to Noah's Ark whilst kids painted animal heads made out of card to wear.

She said: "We had so much rain lately I thought it would be ideal to have Noah's Ark."

Alice in Wonderland was a popular choice at this year's parade and was adopted among many groups, including Sunny Day Nursery in Dorchester.

Stacey Nash, deputy manager at the nursery, said: "There was a lot of talk. We only found out about the theme a week ago.

"We thought it was quite child oriented. All the children helped make the float."

Carnival celebrations kicked off yesterday with a funfair, Italian market plus the traditional four-legged pub race and Party in the Park in the Borough Gardens.

Don't miss Monday's Echo for a Dorchester Carnival picture special.

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6:59pm Sun 15 Jun 14

wurzelbasher says...

Too many troupes of majorettes and the like; much better without them!
Too many troupes of majorettes and the like; much better without them! wurzelbasher
  • Score: -2

11:51pm Sun 15 Jun 14

dolphin.zone says...

I think that it is absolutely disgusting that none of the towns businesses, apart from a couple or so of pre school or such like, participated in the carnival, for the county town of Dorset, I am ashamed of the lack of effort from the majority of the people this town has, and the businesses could certainly enter a float, I myself used to enter a float every year when I was younger, either for who I was working for at the time, or if not then I would gather up a group of friends, we would all put in a small donation, it doesn't have to cost a fortune, and it was great fun, we quite often won a prize. Plus it was supporting our local town, I know times are hard, but come on, really! The businesses couldn't afford a small amount, that's what I call downright tight, and most of it can be written off against the tax for advertising, because that is what it's doing. There are much smaller towns and villages that put on a pretty good show, perhaps they could take a leaf out of their books, and then maybe it wouldn't be such a pathetic shambles, (nothing against the ones that did make the effort, good on them, well done).
I think that it is absolutely disgusting that none of the towns businesses, apart from a couple or so of pre school or such like, participated in the carnival, for the county town of Dorset, I am ashamed of the lack of effort from the majority of the people this town has, and the businesses could certainly enter a float, I myself used to enter a float every year when I was younger, either for who I was working for at the time, or if not then I would gather up a group of friends, we would all put in a small donation, it doesn't have to cost a fortune, and it was great fun, we quite often won a prize. Plus it was supporting our local town, I know times are hard, but come on, really! The businesses couldn't afford a small amount, that's what I call downright tight, and most of it can be written off against the tax for advertising, because that is what it's doing. There are much smaller towns and villages that put on a pretty good show, perhaps they could take a leaf out of their books, and then maybe it wouldn't be such a pathetic shambles, (nothing against the ones that did make the effort, good on them, well done). dolphin.zone
  • Score: 3

8:55am Mon 16 Jun 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

Majorettes have been part of Carnivals for decades.

Being a Majorette means being able to act on instructions, being able to develop individual new skills while acting as a team, raising self esteem and giving something back to the community by taking part in charity events like Carnivals.

Unless people like Wurzelbasher prefers to see youngsters hanging around street corners and getting up to no good instead of doing something that could make them good citizens in later life!
Majorettes have been part of Carnivals for decades. Being a Majorette means being able to act on instructions, being able to develop individual new skills while acting as a team, raising self esteem and giving something back to the community by taking part in charity events like Carnivals. Unless people like Wurzelbasher prefers to see youngsters hanging around street corners and getting up to no good instead of doing something that could make them good citizens in later life! Zummerzet Lad
  • Score: 1

11:26am Mon 16 Jun 14

angrydorseter says...

dolphin.zone wrote:
I think that it is absolutely disgusting that none of the towns businesses, apart from a couple or so of pre school or such like, participated in the carnival, for the county town of Dorset, I am ashamed of the lack of effort from the majority of the people this town has, and the businesses could certainly enter a float, I myself used to enter a float every year when I was younger, either for who I was working for at the time, or if not then I would gather up a group of friends, we would all put in a small donation, it doesn't have to cost a fortune, and it was great fun, we quite often won a prize. Plus it was supporting our local town, I know times are hard, but come on, really! The businesses couldn't afford a small amount, that's what I call downright tight, and most of it can be written off against the tax for advertising, because that is what it's doing. There are much smaller towns and villages that put on a pretty good show, perhaps they could take a leaf out of their books, and then maybe it wouldn't be such a pathetic shambles, (nothing against the ones that did make the effort, good on them, well done).
'used to enter'

Why did you stop, do you no longer support it?
[quote][p][bold]dolphin.zone[/bold] wrote: I think that it is absolutely disgusting that none of the towns businesses, apart from a couple or so of pre school or such like, participated in the carnival, for the county town of Dorset, I am ashamed of the lack of effort from the majority of the people this town has, and the businesses could certainly enter a float, I myself used to enter a float every year when I was younger, either for who I was working for at the time, or if not then I would gather up a group of friends, we would all put in a small donation, it doesn't have to cost a fortune, and it was great fun, we quite often won a prize. Plus it was supporting our local town, I know times are hard, but come on, really! The businesses couldn't afford a small amount, that's what I call downright tight, and most of it can be written off against the tax for advertising, because that is what it's doing. There are much smaller towns and villages that put on a pretty good show, perhaps they could take a leaf out of their books, and then maybe it wouldn't be such a pathetic shambles, (nothing against the ones that did make the effort, good on them, well done).[/p][/quote]'used to enter' Why did you stop, do you no longer support it? angrydorseter
  • Score: 0

3:10pm Mon 16 Jun 14

dolphin.zone says...

I can no longer do things like that due to health problems, please note that I stated '' when I was younger ''
I can no longer do things like that due to health problems, please note that I stated '' when I was younger '' dolphin.zone
  • Score: -1

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