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Bideford takes a trip around the globe for colourful ‘countries’-themed carnival

PUBLISHED: 11:39 11 September 2017 | UPDATED: 14:40 11 September 2017

Bideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Bideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham Hobbs

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All the pictures and video from Bideford carnival and massed pipes and drums event on Saturday.

Bideford took a trip around the globe on Saturday for its ‘countries’-themed carnival.

Colourful walkers and floats dressed up in their finest costumes to bring the town to life for the annual parade.

Bideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham Hobbs

From Donald Trump to Batman, the usual inventive mix of costumes took centre-stage as they were led through the town by Bideford Town Band.

Carnival regulars and cousins, Caitlin Gubb, 11, Ashley-May Bennett, 10, and Paige Butler-Bennett, eight, donned their usual spectacular costumes.

West Croft school pupils with their entry into the carnival.West Croft school pupils with their entry into the carnival.

Ashley-May’s mum Pauline said: “The costumes took around three months to make.”

Another regular face was June Upton, who was wearing a very patriotic ‘Best of England’ outfit she made herself.

Bideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham Hobbs

“This is my 45th carnival now; the costume took me a few weeks to make on-and-off,” she said.

West Croft School took part in the parade with a car made by the year six pupils.

Carnival queen Kirra Rowcliffe with mayor and mayoress, Dermot and Sarah McGeough.Carnival queen Kirra Rowcliffe with mayor and mayoress, Dermot and Sarah McGeough.

Carnival queen Kirra Rowcliffe, 11, was the star of the show, and was crowned on the Bideford Reds balcony by mayor Dermot McGeough.

She was attended to by Savannah Hawkins, 15; Denni-Leigh Bull, 15; fairy queen Lola Barnes, nine; and flower girl Morgan Olivia Woods, seven.

The Xplosion Cheerleaders at Bideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham HobbsThe Xplosion Cheerleaders at Bideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham Hobbs

After the carnival was the massed pipes and drums event, which saw more than 140 pipers and drummers perform on the Quay.

They were joined by singer Tamsin Ball, and after the performance, the evening was finished off with a fireworks display.

Pipers and drummers taking part in Bideford Carnival.Pipers and drummers taking part in Bideford Carnival.

Scroll down to see more pictures from Bideford Carnival and the Massed Pipes and Drums.

Bideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Bideford Massed Pipes and Drums. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford Massed Pipes and Drums. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Paige Butler-Bennett, aged eight, as The Luck of the Irish.Paige Butler-Bennett, aged eight, as The Luck of the Irish.

Donald Trump was among the carnival entries. Picture: Graham HobbsDonald Trump was among the carnival entries. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The Taylor and Jolly families dressed as American Disney for their 14th carnival.The Taylor and Jolly families dressed as American Disney for their 14th carnival.

Bideford Carnival 2017.Bideford Carnival 2017.

Chelsie and Jade Hobbs at Bideford Carnival. Picture: Graham HobbsChelsie and Jade Hobbs at Bideford Carnival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Ashley-May Bennett, 10, as Fire and Ice Angel. Her costume took three months for her mum, Pauline, to make.Ashley-May Bennett, 10, as Fire and Ice Angel. Her costume took three months for her mum, Pauline, to make.

Bideford Carnival 2017.Bideford Carnival 2017.

Tamsin Ball performed at the Massed Pipes and Drums after the carnival. Picture: Graham HobbsTamsin Ball performed at the Massed Pipes and Drums after the carnival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Bideford Carnival 2017.Bideford Carnival 2017.

Amy Mugford and Millie Furlow, from West Croft School, with the car build by year six pupils.Amy Mugford and Millie Furlow, from West Croft School, with the car build by year six pupils.

Bideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Eight Waves showcased their martial arts skills at Bideford Carnival.Eight Waves showcased their martial arts skills at Bideford Carnival.

Bideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Even Batman made an appearance at Bideford Carnival.Even Batman made an appearance at Bideford Carnival.

Bideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford Carnival 2017. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Graham and Jules Webster as The Pirates of the Caribbean.Graham and Jules Webster as The Pirates of the Caribbean.

June Upton dressed as The Best of England for her 45th carnival appearance.June Upton dressed as The Best of England for her 45th carnival appearance.

Caitlin Gubb, aged 11, has been taking part in Bideford Carnival since she was born.Caitlin Gubb, aged 11, has been taking part in Bideford Carnival since she was born.

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