Picture special: Costumed craziness as village celebrates Carnival Week, with the main parade and much more still to come.

Combe Martin Carnival Raft Race 2012.Combe Martin Carnival Raft Race 2012.

COMBE MARTIN Carnival week is up and running, with raft racing mayhem at the weekend and plenty more to come.

The water at Sunday’s racing was to be expected, however the torrential showers at Saturday’s opening event were less welcome.

People still turned out to defy the weather and enjoy the afternoon, which began with ‘wolf man’ Shaun Ellis and wolf dog Peaches officially opening proceedings, followed by the crowning of carnival ambassadors Stephanie De’Athe and Reece Hale.

Three live bands and a show-stealing Punch and Judy performance added to the fun.

On Sunday mariners gathered for the junior and senior race races at the beach. There was only one entry for the juniors, ‘Hawaii 8-0’, who gamely completed the race.

With much mayhem and some water-bombing, the senior rafts and their colourfully dressed crews took to the water, with traditional winners ‘God Knows’ taking first, followed by the ‘Girls with Oars’.

Tonight (Wednesday) the main carnival parade will take place, with a host of floats, bands and walkers assembling from 6-6.30 at the top of the village and making their way to the seaside.

Road closures will be in place from 6-10pm and the parade sets off at 7.30pm. Floats must be insured and have public liability insurance.

On Friday the wheelbarrow race assembles from 6.30-7pm at Holdstone Way and sets off at 8pm.

For information and entry forms, go to www.combemartincarnival.com or visit the Combe Martin Carnival page on Facebook, or pick up forms at village outlets.