THE ancient thoroughfares of York came alive as the city's 2007 Carnival took to the streets.

The event, supported by the City of York Council, and the universities of York and York St John, were arranged to showcase the "skill, creative and enthusiasm" of the city's residents.

Highlights included Bollywood choreographer Zoobin Surty, the angelic voices of the University of York's Zamar Gospel Choir, the evergreen Blossom Street Singers and York's premier band, Funkate. There was even all-day Morris dancing and a ceilidh.

The main feature - the huge carnival parade - was the biggest yet, featuring more than 200 children from York schools.

The Lord Mayor of York, Coun Janet Hopton, took part in a balloon launch organised by CPP, the carnival's partners, to raise money for local charities.

The carnival was conceived by University of York student Jessica Brand in 2004. From humble beginnings, it attracted an audience of more than 5,000 people in 2005.