CROWDS along Crewe's streets enjoyed a carnival procession which launched a bank holiday weekend of fabulous free entertainment.
Thousands watched the big parade, which had everything from pantomime characters to Austin Powers dancers, make its way from Prince Albert Street to King George V Playing Field.
Set to a backdrop of loud cheers, whistles, horns and hooters, Saturday's parade weaved its way around the town to the delight of residents who turned out in force to offer their support.
Spectator Rita Horn, 67, from Warmingham Road, Crewe, said: 'We come to the carnival every year.
'I used to bring my two children but they are grown-up now and they bring their own children. It is a really special thing for Crewe and it's a fun day out for the children.'
Community groups, businesses and charities all got into the spirit as they turned lorries and trailers into a brightly coloured array of floats.
Crewe and Nantwich Borough Council marketing officer Rachel Perkins said the council had decided to make it a little bit different this time around.
'The parade was a little bit smaller than usual this year because one or two big names dropped out at the last minute.
'There were about 20 floats this time around but it didn't stop people making an effort.
'The big guns like Asda raised funds for breast cancer by dressing in pink, and the Lyceum, who had an Aladdin
theme, really did themselves proud and it was nice to see.
'We decided to make it a bit different this year and not have any winners because the ones who didn't win were left feeling disappointed.
'This year we decided to award everyone who took part with a rosette and certificate to make them all feel part of the occasion and not feel left out.'
Rachel, who was part of the council's Austin Powers-inspired float which led the parade, said: 'The Austin Powers 1960s-style idea came from wanting to have a bright and colourful float that people would enjoy seeing.
'We also had members of staff on exercise bikes to promote healthy living.'