Colder weather, darker evenings, and scarecrows across town? It can mean only one thing — Launceston Carnival time!

This year’s carnival royalty got proceedings underway with queen Jessica Heywood and attendants, Daisy Cornish and Rafaela Holden declaring the event open. 

Music, food, and colour were all on the agenda with fairground rides, face painting and of course the iconic procession on offer.

As evening approached, the town was filled with music, laughter and some brilliant creations as residents danced their way through the streets for the carnival procession. 

Dave Gordon, chairman of the event, said: “From our perspective as organisers, the carnival was a great success with the biggest entry since we returned in 2010.

“The weather was fantastic, as were all the thousands of spectators that lined our streets. The Committee will have a debrief meeting very soon, but I am confident that Launceston carnival will be back in 2024.

“We would like to thank all the local businesses, private and individual sponsors this year.

“Our carnival always re-confirms that Launceston carnival is a real community event. The new elements we introduced this year also proved popular, with entries in all classes which is the first time for us.

“There were some great floats and walking classes, visiting and local bands this year and whilst standing in the town square throughout the parade, I was delighted to see just how much work had been put into the array of entries.

“It will not be long before we will start to look into next year’s carnival, with new ideas and hopefully an even bigger parade.

“I would also like to thank all of our marshals that ensured the parade was safe for all.

“So well done Launceston and thank you to everyone who donated in any way, which made our carnival such a success.”

The evening was rounded off with an exceptional firework display which saw the town gather together on the Castle Green to enjoy the magic.