Organisers heralded Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival a huge success despite battling rain for four hours before the procession arrived.
In constant morning rain organisers helped around 28 stalls to set up on Moorlands Park, meanwhile the parade began assembling at Broadclough Mill in Burnley Road, Bacup.
Floats were provided by winner Britannia Primary School, Fearns Community Sports College along with newcomer Northern Primary School and Water Band and all were on vehicles kindly provided by J and J Ormerod of Bacup.
Walking processions delighted the crowds who braved the last of the rain to line the route from Bacup centre through to the park.
One visitor even came from Canada, as he was visiting friends who lived locally.
Gordon Sykes, originally from Huddersfield now living in Vancouver, said: “It has been one of the best parades I have seen.”
Walking processions were provided by first time carnival entrants St Mary’s Primary School, carnival stalwarts St Saviour’s Primary School and St Joseph’s RC School who joined with Rossendale Responsible Rescue, winner of the walking entry prize.
Stacksteads Band accompanied the Britannia Coconutters, Army Cadets and Air training Corps members marched, Bacup firefighters joined the procession as did Dansworks, Limitless Cheerleaders and many more.
A grant from Winter Solicitors provided two Chinese lions that delighted the procession watchers and then performed on the stage in Moorlands Park.
Bacup sweetshop Kandy Corner had a stall in the park and owner Diane Hart said: “As a first time stallholder I was honoured to be part of this year’s carnival.
“I experienced help from from other stallholders and the volunteers; it was well organised and there were plenty of helpful volunteers and marshalls alike who helped make it a great success – well done to all.”
BASCO chairman Catherine Smyth said: “The BASCO team would like to thank everyone who supported this year’s event in what can only be described as horrendous weather in the morning.
“The day got better and better weather-wise and as we left to go home at 5.30pm ironically the sun was shining.
“We are made of strong stuff in this end of the Valley and rain does not mean the event is cancelled, in fact it makes us more resilient that the event should go ahead.
“As the day was warm, people came. They shrugged off the rain and supported the event. BASCO would like to say thank you to everyone who supported our event.”
Bacup and Stacksteads Carnival relaunched in 2010 after a six-year absence and the fair was relocated from the town centre into its traditional home of Moorlands Park.