Slideshow: Crowd cheers on Stamford Festival parade

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Crowds of people lined the streets today to cheer on Stamford Festival’s grand parade of floats.

The sun shone as the participants, on floats, in vehicles and on foot, passed by.

Stamford Festival parade - Homebase Bob The Builder float'Photo: MSMP290613-172js

Stamford Festival parade - Homebase Bob The Builder float'Photo: MSMP290613-172js

The theme of this year’s parade, which was organised by Stamford Kiwanis, was cartoon characters, and there were a host of colourful stars, including Minnie Mouse, the Smurfs, and Superheroes.

The procession, led by Stamford Brass, had started at the Recreation Ground in Stamford and a big crowd enjoyed a mini funfair, stalls and sideshows there.

It then went into the town centre, along Broad Street, where civic leaders and festival organisers gathered at Browne’s Hospital, into High Street and back to the Rec.

The commentary to this year’s parade was given by Rob Persani, of Rutland Radio, and he encouraged the crowd to cheer as each float went by.

There were more events after the parade at The Rec, with families making the most of the fine weather.

As part of the festival, Stamford Town Hall held an open day today and there was also a bric-a-brac market at the Rec.

Tomorrow Stamford Lions will hold a family fun day at The Rec. Highlights will include a baby show, climbing wall, five-a-side football tournament and displays by Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Red Arrows.