Olympic carnival does Barnsley mayor proud

Barnsley Mayors parade 2012
Barnsley Mayors parade 2012
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THOUSANDS of revellers danced, walked and rode on floats around Barnsley when the annual mayor’s parade came to town.

Hundreds more lined the streets in bright sunshine to watch the colourful spectacle which featured 32 floats.

Barnsley Mayors parade 2012

Barnsley Mayors parade 2012

The theme of this year’s event was Celebrating the Olympic Year and among those taking part in the procession were some of Barnsley’s Olympic torchbearers in their white tracksuits.

They were joined by musicians, cheerleaders, a brightly coloured Chinese dragon, Land Girls, Father Christmas, residents in weird and wacky costumes and a Jubilee-themed red, white and blue van covered in Union Jacks.

There were also jugglers, men and women on stilts and gymnasts who all added to the vibrant carnival atmosphere.

Mayor Coun Dorothy Higginbottom said: “My sincere thanks go to everyone who took part and lined the streets to support this event.

Barnsley Mayors parade 2012

Barnsley Mayors parade 2012

“We were blessed with a sunny day, which added to the great Barnsley atmosphere.

“Well done to all the winners, you did us proud.”

The prize for the best float went to Mencap while the best walking group award went to Buttercup Children’s Centre.

Barnsley College won the mayor’s award for outstanding contribution to the parade.

Barnsley College principal Colin Booth said: “The parade is a fantastic event and our students and staff worked hard on our entry.

“We paraded with a Chinese dragon and a space rocket made by students from our production arts course, students from our Performing Arts courses, staff and youngsters from Starlites Theatre Group.

“It was a wonderful day and it was great to see so many members of the community cheering the parade on.”

“We were delighted to win the mayor’s award for outstanding contribution.”