RAIN failed to dampen the spirits of the hundreds of people who lined the streets for the MADhurst grand finale.
Forget the Notting Hill carnival - the procession through Midhurst on August Bank Holiday Monday delighted crowds of all ages with an eclectic mix of themed floats, animals and live music.
“Despite the rain, spirits are still high,” said town councillor and retained firefighter, Mark Purves.
Mark said the weather didn’t ruin the day.
“We also had two fire engines joining the parade. A few floats cancelled, but we are determined to carry on,” he added.
There were rugby players and firefighters, Canine Partner puppies, a child catcher, and pirates walking the plank.
Rotherhill Nursery brought a band of swashbuckling pirates on their Treasure Island themed float, complete with palm trees and treasure chests.
Cowdray Estate workers entertained with their Chitty Chitty Bang Bang float which featured Caractacus Potts, Jeremy and Jemima Potts, and its very own child-catcher.
Marshall and town councillor Judy Fowler said: “
“The rain is coming down, but we will carry on!”
Traders, residents, clubs and societies got involved, with floats from the Rugby Club on a Midhurst Engineering truck, Concordia volunteers, guides and brownies, Littlehampton Sea Cadets, Tandem, Canine Partners, the Community Bus and Midhurst firefighters.
They were all led by Ali’s Marching Band from Knockhundred Row, down North Street and along to the Cowdray Ruins.
Everyone then made their way along the causeway for an afternoon of entertainment at the Midhurst Sports Association grounds.
The Rev David Coote headed the organising team on behalf of Midhurst Town Council.
“It is fantastic that people turned up, still prepared to have a great time,” he said.
“Because of the weather, we had a problem with some of the musical instruments and floats that would have used horses.
“But a lot of people had worked very hard producing some fantastic floats and outfits.
“It was good to see so many children and despite the rain they joined in with enthusiasm. I am very grateful for the superb support of a great team of marshals and to everyone who helped in any way and came to support the procession.”