ONE of the best carnival parades for years danced its way through Northwich on Saturday.
Hundreds turned out in sweltering temperatures to watch the parade go by before dashing home to their televisions to catch the England match.
Organisers are confident they have made a profit, with all proceeds going to charity.
The star of the show at Verdin Park was Weaverham teenager Samantha Mainwaring, already queen of the year for Cheshire before adding the title of carnival queen of 2006 to the list.
Sharing the limelight with 13-year-old Samantha were bouquet bearer Ashleigh Ball, empress Demi-Lee Johnson, ladies-in-waiting Jessica Gleave, Ebonie Davey, Molly Riley, princess Sammy-Jo Tench, maidens Jodie Ball and Alisha Price-Johnson, rosebud Kelsey Lawson, flower girls Zoe Johnson and Christina Williams, train bearers Darcey Hemmings, Lauren Roberts, Phoebe Waterhouse and Elizabeth Pimlett, and petal bearers Holly Dugdale, Cerys Gilbert, Chloe Wilkinson and Ellie-Mae Vickers. Jordan Kirby was crown bearer and page boys were Elliot Foulkes and Connor Cross.
The honour of crowning the new queen went to carnival veteran Doris Royle, 91, who has given up many hours of her spare time for carnival good causes over the years.
Weaverham Corvettes won the prize for being best troupe; a 60s-inspired float entered by Lostock-based NCD Productions was best trade float with the award for best non-trade going to Barnton Youth Club which chose Charlie And The Chocolate Factory as its theme for the day.