Sandown Carnival proved to be a lovely evening. The troupe was a bit smaller this time, but the troupe put on an excellent display of nifty footwork and the music got the crowd dancing along as well. We were also awarded a certificate of merit for our float.
The weather was lovely with a sight breeze and plenty of summer sun.
Last Saturday 21st July Ryde Carnival Association came third in Newport Carnival’s Queen’s Float competition.
We would like to thank the Judges for awarding us the cup, it was a pleasant surprise.
Thank you to our lovely troupe of young ladies and our two Yeoman who made the float and troupe look so wonderful.
Thanks to all the young ladies and their parents who came for the dress fitting and health & safety briefing this evening and short dance practice. You all look really beautiful in your dresses. Our thanks to Lindsey McFarlane & Marie Sanderson for all your hard work getting the dresses and two Yeoman costumes ready and for the final tweaks you’re doing for us. They look so elegant in them.
Many thanks to Paula and Mark for your tireless work with getting the choreography and music sorted for the girls, and especially to Paula for making the chockers and lovely fur hair scrunchies, they worked really well with the costumes. When I did manage to join you for the dance practices I really enjoyed the music and the choreography. I really portrays the essence of the Queens 60 years on the throne. I’m sure that the public will love the tableaux this year. Hopefully we may win a cup or two!!
The committee and me are really looking forward to you all performing at the first carnival tomorrow evening. It looks as if the weather will be perfect and I know you will do Ryde proud. Enjoy performing for our town and the Ryde Carnival Association. Also don’t forget the exciting invitation that you have all received from the V-Dub Festival you all deserved that for all your hard work!!
Ryde Carnival Association are pleased to announce that the Ryde Carnival Float has been complete in time for our first Carnival visit. With thanks to the sterling efforts of Steve Duff, Brenda Livingston, Nickie Graham, Val Williams, Malcolm McCree, Dave Graham, Brian Treagus, Tilly & Molly, Maxine Kay & Mary Searle. Thanks to all your hard work we now have a really beautiful float that Ryde can be proud of.
If any one had said earlier in the season the task of getting the float ready in time was not attainable, I would have agreed with them. But luck was shining on us and we were offered a space to build our float at the Southern Vectis Depot in Park Road, this turned out to be our saving grace! Because of this offer, the RCA was able to build the float in a dry environment; the committee rose to the challenge, and 6 weeks on we have achieved what we initially thought impossible.
Tomorrow our wonderful “Diamond Jubilee” float will be revealed to the public and the island carnival community. So when you see us please give our troupe a cheer and enjoy our sparkling creation to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee.
I salute you all for your great endeavours!
Claire the Chair.
The dead line for this year is 27th July for all applications, you can download the form here:-
Ryde Carnival Association Small Grants Application Form - PDF Version
Ryde Carnival Association Small Grants Application Form - Word Version
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So please do have a good look around the website, we would also love to hear your comments about the lay out as well.
Sorry to bother you but we will be visiting the island later this year in late August and I remember as a child living in Ryde the carnival week toward the end of the summer holidays… I also recall that there was a window competition as part of the carnivals week long celebrations…if I recall correctly we had to find the unusual/odd object in the window display…. some shops made is easy and others very hard but it certainly kept us kids entertained for the better part of a whole day finding everything… is this still done? I see also that only the illuminated carnival is now held the last week of August, the others are earlier in the month… we are visiting 25th Aug to 2nd Sept so hope to catch the illuminated one on the Saturday 1st….. I remember entering it several times as a child…. must try and find the pics!!!Kind RegardsTigi