Thousands of people lined the streets for the annual Houghton Feast Parade.
The 10-day event kicked off on Friday night and was followed up on Saturday by a huge parade.
Community groups, classic cars, motorbikes, and film and comic book characters paraded through the town, led by the Houghton-le-Spring Pipe Band.
This year’s festival has a movie theme and children from local Scout and Brownie troupes and other groups dressed up as characters from famous films including Shrek and Harry Potter.
Cheerleaders and young dancers from Zazz School of Music and Dance also put on performances as they made their way along the high street.
Transformers Optimus Prime and Bumblebee, and superheroes Batman, Captain America and Supergirl were also there handing out high fives to excited children in the crowd.
Those walking past as part of the parade – or driving by in their classic cars – threw sweets into the crowd that were picked up and enjoyed by youngsters watching with their loved ones.
Kevin Reilly, of Houghton-le-Spring Pipe Band, said: “This is an event that highlights how communities come together and how young people can be involved with their community.
“There are 55 events organised over the next 10 days, that have been mostly organised by people in the community and it’s fantastic to see.
“There’s everything from road races to afternoon teas, and of course piping and dancing.”
Houghton Feast runs until Sunday, October 16. Go to www.houghtonfeast.co.uk for a full list of events.