THE TOTTON and Eling Carnival made an unmissable return to Southampton on Saturday.

Floats from local charities, schools and businesses alongside vintage cars, bikes, dancers and even a marching band were greeted by hundreds of people who lined the streets of Totton to cheer on the annual parade in the glorious sunshine.

The teams taking centre stage in the parade modified their vehicles, costumes and sound systems, with each team being judged by special guest Jimmy Ball, son of the late Southampton manager and England legend, Alan Ball.

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Performers dressed as comic book characters, animals, and sporting heroes, as members of the public were encouraged to donate money to various charities and community groups as the convoy of floats moved at a gentle pace through the town.

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The floats made their way from AFC Totton’s stadium to Calmore Industrial Estate before the excited carnival-goers set off on their hour-long journey that finished at Eling Recreational Ground.

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Speaking to The Daily Echo, Councillor Dave Hills - who helped organise the event - said: “I've lived locally for the past 25 years and became involved in the carnival during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“The carnival has been running on and off for decades. It's significant because it brings the community together and brings some brightness and joy to the town.

“We look forward to it every year, it's so special for us. We needed money earlier on in the year to put this event together as it's probably cost us nearly £5,000 to put on an event like this.

“We've worked really hard to make sure we can run today's event as it's nearly a year in the planning and with fundraising we've been able to do that, and I must thank The Echo too, who ran the story and helped us raise awareness.

“So, I’m delighted we’re able to put on a show and It's a great way for the public to spend the day."

Jamie Pearce, 41, who was one of the many residents who found a spot near their home to watch the parade, said: "It's not often you see so many people out of their house and lining the streets for something like this. The carnival comes round once a year and is a really great show."