Carnival hailed as best for years

A ‘MINI carnival’ atmosphere energised this year’s Worthing Rotary Carnival in what organisers say was the ‘best for years’.

Cheerleaders from Worthing Thunder at the Rotary Carnival

Belly dancers, enthusiastic children and colourful costumes drew hoards of people to the annual procession, which made its way from Grand Avenue to Steyne Gardens on Monday.

The event, which has been an annual fixture in the town since the 1920s, raises money for Worthing’s three rotary clubs.

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Carnival committee chair Pauline Fox said: “The atmosphere in Grand Avenue was electric. It was like a mini carnival.

“It was better than it has been for several years, and everyone has said how huge the crowds were.”

A series of floats, representing various charities and organisations, proceeded along the route, along with a number of walking displays.

Each were vying for the glory of first prize – which was announced at the end of the parade.

And winners this year for the best float were Worthing Scope, who had a nightclub-theme, led by drag artist Diamonds Dior.

Worthing Filipino Community won the best walking display, for their various array of cultural costumes.

Scope’s day services manager Vicki Golds said: “We are very pleased to have won. We had loads of energy, and enthusiasm on the back of the float.

“We were dancing and singing, and the judges must have enjoyed it.”