Welcome to Ryde Carnival

Ryde Carnival is the oldest carnival in the United Kingdom, dating back to 1887, the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, who became a lifelong patron. The photo shows the official programme of the 1888 event, known as Ryde Grand Carnival.

Since then the people of Ryde, from around the Island and increasingly from further afield line the streets our town for this fabulous event. We have three processions for 2014- our Main Procession will be held on Saturday August 2nd, on Friday August 29th it’s the Children’s Procession, and then on Saturday August 30th the ultimate Island carnival of the year – Ryde Illuminated, when hundreds of participants and many thousands of spectators will join the fun. A brilliant and exciting finale to the Summer.

Throughout the summer, for our own amusement and entertainment as well as our guests’, the Isle of Wight will stage over twenty carnivals in towns and villages around the island. Details of these may be found elsewhere on this site. Come to as many as you can and excite your senses with musical influences from Rio Samba, Trinidad Steel Pan and local bands. Fabulous costumes to remind you of Trinidad, Rio, Notting Hill, Venice, English Masquerade and Mardi Gras. Carnival is an experience like no other! Don’t miss Ryde Carnival where, for a few hours, we can all forget who we are and what we do – and just party!

Help Us Raise Funds

Can you help Ryde Carnival Raise funds to put on this year’s and next year’s Carnival?

What could be easier than raising funds for Ryde Carnival by shopping on line. Turn your online shopping into donations for Ryde Carnival!

Do you shop online? Did you know that every time you buy something you could be raising money for Ryde Carnival?

That’s right, over 2,700 well known retailers, including Amazon, John Lewis, eBay and Tesco will donate a small percentage of what you spend to Ryde Carnival to say “thank you” for shopping with them.

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Volunteers Needed

Would you like to help with Ryde Carnival?

Ryde Carnival Association is entirely voluntary and we are always glad to welcome new volunteers to help in all aspects of our work. In particular we need good people to help with stewarding and collecting on the days of the carnival, as well as publicity and fund raising.

If you would like to join us, get in touch through this website or talk to one of our members.
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