In pics: Glastonbury Carnival

Last updated 14:22 18/11/2013

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Glastonbury Carnival is a part of Somerset Carnival season and is one of a series of parades in towns throughout Somerset in November. This year the parade took place on the 16th November.

It is widely regarded as one of the largest illuminated processions in the world.

The major regional event, which can see crowds of up to 150,000 people at some towns and raises money for local charities, dates back to the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

Dedicated members of the numerous carnival clubs compete to design and build carts or 'floats' in secrecy from each other, often using thousands of pounds they have raised throughout the year.

They compete for prizes that are awarded in several categories for the best carts in each carnival.

The numerous carts - gathered from all over the county - measure up to 30 metres long, often featuring state-of-the-art electronics and hydraulics.

They are crewed by club members in costume and are decorated with tens of thousands of light bulbs.

This year, the Carnival season, which started at Bridgwater, before going onto Weston-super-Mare, Burnham-on-Sea, North Petherton, Shepton Mallet and Wells, ended in Glastonbury.

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