I saw several cultural events throughout the summer, but one of the most fun and colourful was the Maryport carnival. Every year, different groups of people get together to create pieces of street art and dance as part of a parade through the town, but there is always rivalry and competition to see who can be the most hilarious, ridiculous and outrageous.
Favourites included the local rugby team who arrived dressed as mexicans, but soon undressed and launched into an amazing dance routine to LMFAO's 'Sexy and I know it'; and perhaps more inventive was 'Adam Ant and his Army of Ants' featuring various 'ants' in morph suits lead by a middle-aged Adam Ant.
As well as the main dance groups, there is always a fancy-dress style competition for individuals in Flemming Square, who later join the parade. My favourite was this bed bug below, wearing a ludicrous concoction of foam and black plastic.
The carnival is always fun as it brings the whole town together, uniting Maryport and its often un-PC sense of humour. From a creative sense, I love the element of costume which is always the bigger, the bolder, the brighter, the better! Often much more interesting than the parade itself is catching the performers beforehand, various beer-bellied men in morph suits wandering around drinking from cans, women dressed in army gear huddled around having a fag and various wild characters posing for photos. A bizarre experience but a fun day by the sea none the less.