A COLOURFUL carnival winded its way through Darlington today.

The return of the Community Carnival saw streets come alive with a vibrant mix of music, drama and dance.

This year, the carnival sports a ‘children’s books and authors’ theme and began in the market square at 9.45am with performances from dance schools.

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The annual parade left the square at 11am and made its way to Stanhope Park, where crowds enjoyed live music, a range of stalls and activities.

Disney princesses mingled with visitors to the park, who also enjoyed children’s entertainment, sports sessions and craft activities.

The line-up of live music included Maddison Lyonette award winners Circus Villains, Los Capitanes and Purple Shark.

David French, chairman of Darlington Community Carnival’s voluntary organising committee, said: “We’re looking forward to seeing how much communities enjoy taking part and experiencing what we have on offer.”