Thousands turned out to watch Bideford Carnival and the Massed Pipes and Drums spectacle in the town on Saturday.

Bideford Carnival 2016. Picture: Tony HowellsBideford Carnival 2016. Picture: Tony Howells

Crowds packed the streets for Bideford Carnival on Saturday afternoon, as the sun shone down on the town.

The theme this year was fantasy and fairytales, and saw plenty of mystical-themed floats.

Bideford carnival 2016. Picture: Graham HobbsBideford carnival 2016. Picture: Graham Hobbs

In the walking categories, entries ranged from fairies to characters from books and films.

Carnival regular June Upton was dressed for her 43rd carnival, in her Queen of Hearts costume.

Bideford's carnival royalty.Bideford's carnival royalty.

She said: “I just love it - and the three years I was too ill to take part, they made me judge it.”

Other walking entries included characters from Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter and The Little Mermaid.

Bideford Carnival 2016. Picture: Sarah HowellsBideford Carnival 2016. Picture: Sarah Howells

Grandad Stig was also zipping around the parades on a mobility scooter, high-fiving young members of the crowds.

The Jesters Carnival Club took overall winner, with their Spirit of the Woods themed float.

The Torridge Ladies Club's entry: Fairy Dust Gives You Wings.The Torridge Ladies Club's entry: Fairy Dust Gives You Wings.

There was also a Willy Wonka float, dedicated to the late actor Gene Wilder.

Before the carnival set off at 6pm, carnival queen Dallas Gown was crowned at the Bideford Reds balcony by mayor David Howell.

And after the parade made its way through the town, crowds enjoyed the Massed Pipes and Drums with visiting bands from across the country.

The whole evening ended with the fireworks display.

Scroll through the galleries above for more photos from Bideford Carnival and the Massed Pipes and Drums event.