A ‘brolly’ good show as town is attired in Sunday best

Revellers in George Street, Hastings
Revellers in George Street, Hastings

THE streets of the Old Town were awash with a sea of colour and decoration as hundreds of people took part in the annual Preservation Sunday parade as part of Fat Tuesday celebrations.

The hour-long parade started at Butler’s Gap in the High Street and wound its way along the sea front to the Printworks in Claremont.

Dozens of children showed off the umbrellas they had made during half-term workshops across the town.

The Fat Tuesday Second Liners played their New Orleans-style music along the way accompanied by three drumming bands, Dende, Section Five and Sambalanco.

Stilt walkers, belly dancers and Lindy hopper dancers also escorted the parade along the way.

Music events were held at Old Town pubs on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night.

Event organiser Adam Daly said: “It was a great turnout and a brilliant spectacle.

“The atmosphere was electric and just goes to show what a fantastic party town Hastings is. We had about 5,000 people in the town on Tuesday night and the event just gets bigger and better every year.”

• Click here to see a YouTube video of the Fat Tuesday parade taken by reader Juliette Dodd.