The festivities started off in the Piazza in front of the church, where a life size Mr Punch declared the festival as opened. The parade than made its way through the streets of Covent Garden and snaking its way back to the yard in the back of the church.
The church yard which is usually an oasis of tranquility, now was buzzing. There were tables set out manned by people selling cakes, hats, scarves and of course puppets. There was a table where children could make their own puppets.