SambaFest leads the annual eel day parade in Ely on a day of celebration and fun for all the family

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

“Bit of rain, hail and sun –ah to be in Ely on a day like this” was how the city’s mayor Mike Rouse summed up the Eel Day parade on one of his final civic weekends before handing over to a new mayor.

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

"Bit of rain, hail and sun -ah to be in Ely on a day like this" was how the city's mayor Mike Rouse summed up the Eel Day parade on one of his final civic weekends before handing over to a new mayor.

He was right about the weather, of course, and right about the crowd - vast numbers thronged the city centre to witness the parade as it set off from Cross Green through to the river side and Jubilee Gardens.

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Tourism manager Tracey Harding described it as the "biggest parade to date" and so it was , headed by 150 children with a SambaFest that had been months in preparation thanks to Cambridgeshire Music.

The parade also included many other local organisations and a gathering of town criers who were later to hold their own championships.

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant


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The weather didn't damper spirits either for the families who were able to enjoy a packed programme of events at the Jubilee Gardens.

And there was a special visit from a children's tv programme that proved popular with young visitors.

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade

Eel Day always attracts an ecletic gathering and this year's was no exception. It was a great parade and thousands turned out to see it - and many hundreds took part. Picture; VISIT ELY - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel thr

Eel Day (2019) and the main day, Saturday, included the traditional parade through the city, eel throwing world championships and plenty of family entertainment by the riverside. It was one of the largest crowds in memory for the parade, Picture; MIKE ROUSE - Credit: Archant

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