Watch photo gallery from South Shields festive parade

The main act may well have been missing after their transport was caught up in a traffic jam.

The Spark drummers.
The Spark drummers.

But, as our pictures below show, the absence of the camels from Friday's festive parade through South Shields did not prevent families from enjoying themselves. You can also read our full report here.

Colourful buildings and skies.
Dressing up for the occasion.
Can you spot yourself in this crowd picture?
Spectators welcome the parade.
A youngster pictures the scene.
A drummer poses for a spectator's picture.
The Spark drummers.
There are plenty of hats on show in this shot.
An entertainer casts a spell for the camera.
An entertainer greets young spectators.