WINSFORD Carnival stayed afloat despite the heavens opening on Saturday's parade.
Kitted out in mackintoshes and wellies, crowds enjoyed the day at Verdin Field even though it was a bit soggy.
Last-minute volunteers helped to save the day to keep the event running smoothly.
Committee member Linda Capper said: 'The day went off wet, but a great day was had by all, we all enjoyed ourselves a lot.
'Our new Winsford Town Carnival queen, Sarah Bason, and all the other children looked fantastic and the floats and cars were lovely.'
The best-dressed float went to the 2004 retinue and the best car went to the Rudheath Fairy Queen.
A new award, sponsored by Win-canton Sports and Social Club, was introduced to highlight the carnival's 'young achievers'.
The inaugural award went to Winsford Sensations Dance Troupe for its success in dancing and bringing together children from different backgrounds.
Linda said: 'We would also like to thank the Vale Royal mayor Anne Hooker and her consort for attending, Winsford town mayor Don Beckett, Claire Grant, Miss Vale Royal and Miss Vale Royal Leisure.'
Members also wanted to express their thanks to event sponsors. A shadow was cast over Winsford Carnival before the event, when organisers feared the annual celebration might have to be curtailed.
But organisers have been inundated with offers of help for next year to keep the fun rolling on.
Linda added: 'We have been offered help next year off various people, so it's looking like we're going ahead next year - thank you to those people.'