WATCH: Thousands line streets for Houghton Feast Parade

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Thousands lined the streets of Houghton for a colourful carnival parade.

Today’s event was part of the Houghton Feast.

Houghton Feast Parade.

Houghton Feast Parade.

It was watched by hoards of excited onlookers as a pipes and drums band, cheerleaders, dancers, Cub Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Girl Guides and other members of the community marched through the town centre.

Children’s characters including Spider-Man, Elsa from Frozen, Peter Pan and Tinkerbell and Mickey and Minnie Mouse were also part of the parade and were met by excited waves from the young members of the audience.

Classic cars, motorbikes and steam engines also rode down the street during the event.

The parade set off from Station Road and headed towards Rectory Park where a vintage car show and performances from community groups were on offer to keep the crowds entertained.

I used to come to watch the parade when I was a kid so it’s nice to bring the kids to see it now and to see them taking part.

Kate Atkinson

Debbie Dorn, from County Durham, went along to watch the parade with her children, Emily and one-and-a-half-year-old Mason.

She said: “I’ve never seen Mason pull some of the faces he did while watching the parade – he was so excited.

“I was worried he might get a little scared with all the noise and everything going on but he loved it, I think he’ll definitely want to come back next year.”

Kate Atkinson, from Houghton, watched her daughters Chloe, five, a Rainbow, and Lauren, seven, a pupil at Houghton Community Nursery, march in the parade.

Houghton Feast Parade.

Houghton Feast Parade.

She said: “It was really fun watching the girls in the parade. They’ve done it a few times now and they absolutely love it every year.

“I used to come to watch the parade when I was a kid so it’s nice to bring the kids to see it now and to see them taking part.”

Karen Howe, of Ryhope, Sunderland, was there with her two-year-old son Christian, to watch her daughters Melissa, eight, and Jessica, six, perform in the event as part of dance troupe Zazz.

She said: “It was brilliant seeing them taking part and Christian got very excited when he saw his sisters go past, and he loved the cars too.

Houghton Feast Parade.

Houghton Feast Parade.

“The girls have been in the parade a few times now and they love taking part.”

Houghton Feast 2015 runs until Sunday, October 11.

For a full list of events, go to www.houghtonfeast.co.uk

Houghton Feast Parade.

Houghton Feast Parade.

Houghton Feast Parade.

Houghton Feast Parade.