Floats, colour and fun lit-up Seaton on Saturday as the carnival returned for 2019.

Moments before the parade began, spectator Robert Lewis said: “Hopefully the weather will improve as it goes on and everybody gets into the spirit of it.”

And the drab weather did not spoil the fun.

The people of Seaton turned out for the event with smiles, dancing and music to keep the energy high.

Retiring Queen Heidi Joy Hewitt passed the torch to new Carnival Queen, Lola-Starr Dawson.

And Claire’s Dance and Acro Company were a hit.

Accompanied by an impressive float which was made up as a school bus, they performed a dance and gymnastics routine. It was so well received that they performed multiple times by popular demand.

Imagination Parties were dressed as characters from the Lion King and were full of energy as they danced to iconic songs from the film.

They won first place in their category for the incredible costumes, one of which was the beloved baboon character, Rafiki. Their car was made up as a jungle safari vehicle.

Another stand-out was the Mario Kart float which also won a first place rosette awarded by MP Sue Hayman.

Their float was complete with a race podium and vehicles from the game which were adorned with the names of the children.

The Harry Potter franchise was well represented at the carnival this year. One float, driven by a man dressed as Dumbledore, was decorated as the Hogwarts Express train, towing the iconic castle. The three Hogwarts houses were emblazoned on the side.

And a Hagrid look-alike was meeting and greeting the children of Seaton.

A group from Seaton’s Packhorse Inn provided a laugh once again with their ‘Muppets on a String’ act. Dressed in Oktoberfest style costumes, they performed a dance routine.

The traditional Seaton Children’s Carnival which has been running in the village for 100 years, was as well represented as ever.

More spectators joined as the day progressed with locals on the streets to see the parade.

Seaton Carnival took the usual route, beginning at Causeway Road and Church Road, traversing the streets for all to see.