Jersey streets filled as thousands parade for Dance World cup

Team England
Image caption England had the largest team in the competition with their section of the parade filling the streets

Thousands of people danced through the streets of St Helier to mark the opening of the Dance World Cup in Jersey.

Young dancers from around the world are in the island to compete in the week long event based at Fort Regent.

Organisers described it as "huge event" for the island bringing in nearly 5,000 dancers, their families and supporters.

The parade went from the Weighbridge to Springfield Stadium and was led by the Band of the Island of Jersey.

Image caption Pussycat Dolls performer Kimberly Wyatt led the parade from the Weighbridge
Image caption Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Ireland and England all competed

Marching at the head of the parade was one of the event judges, Pussycat Dolls performer, Kimberly Wyatt.

She said: "This is my first visit to Jersey, it is so beautiful and this is such an incredible event.

"I can't wait to be inspired by the incredible talent, I've seen the amazing excitement on social media and in the island.

Image caption Some teams, such as Malaysia wore traditional dress for the parade
Image caption The event runs for a week with the majority of events at Fort Regent in St Helier
Image caption Jersey last hosted the event in 2009

"The kids are ready to go out and show just what they have been working on."

This is the largest sporting event ever held in Jersey. England had the largest team in the competition, follow by home island Jersey.

There are about 3,000 competitors from 33 different countries taking part in the event, that was last held in Romania.

At the handover event in 2015, Jersey's minister responsible for sport made headlines when he went to Budapest instead of Bucharest.

Image caption There are a number of different types of events and dance styles represented
Image caption An estimated 3,000 competitors are taking part, with another 2,000 or so supporters

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