The Children's Day!
Ryde Carnival is the oldest in the UK, dating back to Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1887. Recently the carnival and taken the form of a three part event, spread out over a couple of weeks and culminating with their illuminated carnival which is the last of the season. The first of the three events is the Children’s Carnival Day.
This is a full day of events and celebrations taking place throughout the town and aimed at kids of all ages. Ryde is lucky enough to have several squares and green spaces which lend themselves to this kind of event. The day saw workshops from Carnival Company Shademakers at ‘Department’ alongside a host of other events. For the smallest children there was story Tim in the Park and an animal picnic. Raw Samba provided summing and dance for everyone and Huxley magic amazed as usual.
The day concluded with a small and perfectly formed parade through the High Street and a fancy dress competition. It was a fantastic day for young and old and a pleasure for us to capture.
We were commissioned to photograph this event by Ryde Arts as part of the ‘Waving the Flag’ project.
The Waving the Flag project supports the development of Ryde Carnival and is the cultural programme of Ryde High-street Action Zone. It is funded by Historic England , Arts Council England and The National Lottery, Heritage Fund UK.