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Every New Year's Eve there's a wonderful fancy dress parade along the harbour front at St Ives, through the tiny winding back streets and back around the harbour. It's one long continuous pageant of locals and visitors who turn out in huge numbers to enjoy the atmosphere. There's a full range of ages and costumes, from small children dressed as fairies and supermen, to older people in fantastic outfits such as Henry VIII, Elizabeth First and the Doge of Venice. Locals claim that this parade is now 3rd in size after London and Edinburgh. The atmosphere is friendly, relaxed and trouble-free, with a low-key police presence to keep an eye on things. St Ives has a no drinking policy in the streets, which makes the whole town feel safe.
There is an excellent video, by local filmmaker Alban Roinard, on YouTube:
Video - New Years Eve 2009
and several more recent ones also on Youtube from Dec 31st 2011 including the fireworks display launched from Smeatons Pier over the water