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Parade of the Bands draws huge crowds

More than a thousand people took advantage of a break in the wet weather to take part in the Parade of the Bands in St David's on Saturday.

Huge crowds dressed in their carnival best took to the streets, dancing to soca music and celebrating the National Heroes holiday weekend.

Despite a late start, the event was hailed as a roaring success by attendees.

Starting near the entrance of St David's, the parade went through Southside to Clearwater Beach, with a collection of seven bands providing musical entertainment — each surrounded by themed groups of dancers in extravagant and often revealing costumes.

Colin Flood said that while the rain that dampened the weekend may have reduced the number of spectators, the atmosphere was otherwise straight out of the Caribbean.

“Everything from the music to the costumes are on point,” he added.

“Everyone is having a great time. I'm just hoping that next year is even bigger and better.”

Lori Greer added: “I was worried things would get cancelled, but we've got the sun peaking out from behind the clouds, we've got some music in the air, folks are dancing.

“It's everything you would want.”

• For more photographs of the event, see our photo album here.

Bermuda Heroes Weekend Parade of Bands at Clearwater Beach (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published June 21, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated June 21, 2016 at 9:23 am)

Parade of the Bands draws huge crowds

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