Bideford is getting ready for its annual carnival celebrations on Saturday afternoon. The theme for the year is fantasy and fairy tales. There will be a crowning of the carnival queen before the procession starts at 6pm from The Pill and along the Quay. This years queen is Dallas Gown, 15, from Bideford College. Her attendants are Harmony Accen, 11, and Denni-Leigh Bull, 14. The fairy queen is Madeline Howcroft, 10, and flower girl is Jorja Deemer, aged six. The procession will loop around the town before ending back on The Quay. Some road closures will be in place during the procession. Afterwards will be the massed pipes and drums on The Quay. This is a rare chance to see 150 pipers and drummers join together marching on Bideford Quay playing traditional Scottish tunes. The event is hosted by the Bideford Youth Pipe Band along with the Port of Bideford Regatta and will mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Event co-ordinator Mike Harper said: We are delighted that so many bands are returning to Bideford this year and hope that the town turns out to support them as usual. The bands love the friendly atmosphere in Bideford. This is probably the largest gathering of pipe bands in the south of England and has increased in popularity from year to year. The whole evening will be finished off with fireworks on The Quay. Then on Sunday, there will be Piping in the Park at 11am in Victoria Park, with an informal get-together and jam by the bands.