A grey day could do nothing to dull the carnival atmosphere as thousands flocked to the finale of the Streets of Brighton.

Dozens of weird and wonderful acts performed to crowds milling through the city centre on Friday and Saturday.

There were feuding French neighbours in their beach huts in Jubilee Square, banana-eating acrobats in New Road and a rock band in scuba diving outfits just having a wander around. It was a day for unusual sights.

Performers could be spotted all across the city. They were on the seafront, in the Pavilion Gardens and everywhere you looked in North Laine.

New Road, recently pedestrianised by the council, came into its element. The street was packed with spectators of all ages all day long, marvelling at the performances on several stages.

At one end of the road a pair of dancing prawns had the crowd giggling with their "shrimp-tease", while at the other acrobat Annette Fiaschi amazed the audience with her flexibility.

Passers-by had to look twice as they bumped into performer Paka The Uncredible as he stumbled cantankerously around the streets followed by his frequently disobedient fire-breathing mechanical horse.

Many of the acts brought laughter from the crowds, like the troupe of singing, dancing and sign-language artists or the crew of pirates on a mission to help the environment.

Others, like the microscopic animal enthusiasts and the grandmother and her family trudging on a search for perfect wives, drew looks of awe and bemusement Teacher Frankie Terry, 24, from Brighton, said: "I just saw three nearly naked men with unicorn heads runnning through North Laine. I've no idea what they were up to but it looked interesting."

This was the 13th year that the two-day event has been held. It attracted tourists from across the globe as well as those from the city.

Alan Cooke, 64, from Kemp Town, Brighton, said: "I come along every year, I think it's fantastic. This year it has been a bit different - it all seems more carefully timetabled but it has still been very enjoyable."

Steve Foster, of Ditchling Rise, Brighton, had been to both days and watched many of the shows with his son Jack, four, sat on his shoulders.

Mr Foster said: "We love living in Brighton because of the festival and because of things like this. This year has been better than we've ever seen it before. It just seems to have more than ever going on and its much better for the children."

Jack said he had enjoyed seeing the peacock in Friday's Pleasure Garden show in the Pavilion Gardens.

He said: "And I liked the robot horse too. It was funny."

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