Riot of colour and costumes as carnival fever grips Hornsey

CARNIVAL fever hit Hornsey on Saturday as colourful floats lined the streets. Costumed revellers held court over the event which included a sponsored lorry-pulling session and a funfair in Priory Park. More than 30 floats joined in the procession from All

CARNIVAL fever hit Hornsey on Saturday as colourful floats lined the streets.

Costumed revellers held court over the event which included a sponsored lorry-pulling session and a funfair in Priory Park.

More than 30 floats joined in the procession from Ally Pally to the High Street and were accompanied by a steel band from Hornsey School for Girls.

The event was the most successful ever and organisers raised £1,673 for a variety of local charities.

Carnival chairman Gordon Rathbone said: "The whole day was a huge success and it's one of the best carnivals we had in recent years.

"There were more entries in the parade than ever before and people really enjoyed themselves. It's a good community event that brings people together."

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The first Hornsey carnival was held in 1907 to raise funds for Hornsey Central Hospital. Over the years the route has changed and since 1967, when the borough of Haringey was formally created, organisers have visited its twin city in Germany and taken part in the Koblenz carnival.