SANDOWN Carnival Association celebrated its 130th anniversary, with the children's carnival being held on Friday, and the main carnival parade on Saturday (July 27).

There were big crowds lining the streets, all along the route.

Entertainment for the children's carnival was hosted by Central Discos, who played music and games from 10am, next to the Sundial Cafe.

Ann Abe, with her team from Dance Vibez, also joined the celebrations, along with Magic by Andy, and Face Painting with Nicky IW, providing eco and vegan friendly face painting.

The children's parade saw entries from Broadlea Primary School, Roisin Mullins Dance Academy, 1st Sandown and Lake Scouts as Star Wars, and more.

Sandown's main carnival celebrations were held at Eastern Gardens, and included live performances by Derek Sandy, Switch, Moonshine Border, and the Oyster Girls Morris Dancers.

The main parade included the Wight Strollers, the Wight Diamonds Marching Band, FaT (Freshwater and Totland) Samba, Medina Marching Band, present and past carnival queens — and more.

Participants could also win up to £125, with the Spirit of Carnival prizes, donated by The Bargeman's Rest, The Dairyman's Daughter, The Steamer Inn and The Spyglass Inn.

Sandown Carnival organisers said: "Thanks to all who took part with their amazing costumes and floats, and to all the bands that played so well.

"Also to the thousands of spectators that came along to watch, and gave so generously in the collection buckets."

Sandown will hold its illuminated carnival on August 28.

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