Bideford braved the rain on Saturday for another stand-out carnival and massed pipes and drums.

Bideford Carnival Queen Ajalea Willey, 16, with mayor and mayoress, Doug and Sheila Bushby. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford Carnival Queen Ajalea Willey, 16, with mayor and mayoress, Doug and Sheila Bushby. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The streets became a sight to behold as the sci-fi-themed entries flaunted their carefully-crafted costumes and floats.

This year’s carnival queen was 16-year-old Ajalea Willey, who was crowned in front of the crowds on the Bideford Reds’ balcony by mayor Doug Bushby.

There was a vast array of entries this year, from spooky pirates to alien lifeforms, and even a band of Smurfs.

Subway won first in the business class at Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsSubway won first in the business class at Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The carnival procession was followed by the Bideford Massed Pipes and Drums, with a special centenary celebration.

During this, a moving speech was made in tribute to the late Johnny Kingdom, who was the chieftain of the massed pipes and drums in 2016.

This year, John Rous, of Clovelly, became the chieftain of the massed band, and received the traditional quaich during the ceremony.

Bideford's massed pipes and drums parade. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford's massed pipes and drums parade. Picture: Graham Hobbs

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Chieftain John Rous with mayor and mayoress, Doug and Sheila Bushby, at Bideford's massed pipes and drums parade. Picture: Graham HobbsChieftain John Rous with mayor and mayoress, Doug and Sheila Bushby, at Bideford's massed pipes and drums parade. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Ned Morgan's alien entry at from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsNed Morgan's alien entry at from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

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Bideford's massed pipes and drums parade. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford's massed pipes and drums parade. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Scenes from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsScenes from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

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Mayor Doug Bushby hands over the Pat Humphries Cup for best entertainment at Bideford Carnival. Picture: Graham HobbsMayor Doug Bushby hands over the Pat Humphries Cup for best entertainment at Bideford Carnival. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Scenes from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsScenes from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Bideford's massed pipes and drums parade. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford's massed pipes and drums parade. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Scenes from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsScenes from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

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Sarah Anne Westcott Studios at Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsSarah Anne Westcott Studios at Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Scenes from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsScenes from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Georgia Ferris'Minott, aged four, takes first for walking toddler as Flower Fairy at Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsGeorgia Ferris'Minott, aged four, takes first for walking toddler as Flower Fairy at Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs

Scenes from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham HobbsScenes from Bideford Carnival 2018. Picture: Graham Hobbs