CARNIVAL: A riot of colour and culture at annual parade
HAYES town centre was awash with the carnival spirit on Saturday as the area’s diverse cultures were celebrated.
The annual parade kicked off in Pump Lane at 12.30pm and wove its way through town to arrive at Barra Hall Park an hour later.
Young carnival goers were entertained on the day by Gozart and his giant puppet, the Save the Lyma Birds puppet act, the Bubble Man show, stilt walkers, a story camp, floral demonstrations, sports zone, community stalls and food court.
The stage also played host to X Factor contestant Jack Walton and the winner of Hillingdon’s Hidden Talent competition, Ethan Beer, as well as 1950s and 60s soul singers The Estrellas and the Schools Community Choir.
Hillingdon Council also invited carnival goers to contribute to a Sounds of Hayes playlist.
Cllr Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Community, Commerce and Regeneration, said: “Thousands of people flocked to Barra Hall Park to enjoy the free entertainment and activities on offer and lined the streets to watch the spectacular parade.
“This event continues to celebrate the diverse cultures and communities of Hayes.”
CELEBRATION: The annual Hayes carnival parade was a riot of colour and culture. Right, Mayor of Hillingdon Councillor George Cooper
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