Ryde Main Carnival CANCELLED

It is with great sadness that due to the weather we have been forced to cancel our Main Carnival tonight.

After a telephone conversation with the Met Office, they told us that very heavy rain (and possibly high winds as well) are due just around the time the carnival would have been setting off. So, although it doesn’t seem too bad at the moment, it’s due to get a lot worse over the next few hours again.

However, the good news is that the Illuminated Carnival on Saturday evening is scheduled to have excellent weather, so we will see you all then.

Ryde Carnival Programmes 2023 on Sale NOW!!

Programme 2023

Featuring a beautiful front cover by Katie Stone, the 2023 Ryde Carnival programme is now on sale for only £1 at the following outlets;

Mellish’s and The Vegetable Cart in the High Street

The Library in George Street

Morrisons Daily and Hurst in Union Street

With articles about Ryde Royalty, FREE workshops, all our other summer Carnival events, the info for the Children’s Carnival Day, Main Carnival and the Illuminated Carnival, route of the processions and of course, our Window Spotting Competition, Colouring Competition and a Word Trail done for us by Losten an artist and friend of Ryde Carnival.

So, what are you waiting for? Head out to one of the outlets listed above to get your very own copy and Happy Window Spotting!

Ryde Carnival Royalty Selection Night

We had a really successful Ryde Carnival Royalty Selection Night on Saturday 25th March – Thanks so much to Ryde Library for allowing us to use their superb space and also for all the teas and coffees!
We were very pleased to see some kids coming from Cowes (which doesn’t have a Royalty Float this year) so they could try out for a place on Ryde Carnival’s Float and the Entourage.
It was a very hard decision to place the kids and so we are delighted to announce our Royalty Team for 2023.
Ryde Carnival Royalty 2023
Senior Queen – Abbey 12yrs
   Senior Princess – Ana 15yrs
   Senior Princess – Amber 18yrs
      Senior Reserve – Teigan 14yrs
      Senior Reserve – Maisy 13yrs
Junior Queen – Lily-Rose 11yrs
   Junior Princess – Delilah 8yrs
   Junior Prince – Dexter 9yrs
      Junior Reserve – Annie-Mae 9yrs
      Junior Reserve – Kaylee 11yrs
(if any of the names are incorrect please let us know and we’ll correct the post)
As we don’t like to leave anyone out ALL the remaining kids (10 of them!) will be part of the Entourage and they will dance behind the float at all the Island Carnivals also in costumes. The Entourage will be Jack, Sean, Honey, Amy, Scarlett, Tilly, Ruby, Nell, Jasmine, Devan.
A big thank you to everyone who came along and to all the children involved.
You are all amazing and we can’t wait for Carnival season to start!!

If all of this sounds like a lot of fun, that’s because it is!

If you missed the Selection Night this year, there’s always next year and if you want to see what’s involved in being a part of Ryde Carnival’s Royalty then check out this link to the Royalty Page which will give you more of an idea as to what’s involved in a Year in the Life of Ryde Carnival Royalty

Ryde Carnival 2023 Dates

Ryde Carnival Association is pleased to announce that the three parades that make up Ryde Carnival Week 2023 are as follows;

Children’s Carnival Day – Sat 26th August 10am-3pm

Main Carnival – Thurs 31st August @ 6:30pm

Illuminated Carnival – Sat 2nd Sept @ 8:30pm

Sign up for the Ryde Carnival Newsletter

Introducing the all-new Ryde Carnival Newsletter for those of you who are tired of always missing out on what’s going on with Ryde Carnival.

All you have to do is sign up for the Ryde Carnival email Newsletter.

It’s jam-packed with useful information about upcoming events.

It’s THAT easy!

Island Carnival Memories

A wonderful website has been set up to show the memories of people who have been around the Island Carnivals for a very long time and it’s called Island Carnival Memories

A collection of reminiscences, stories and photographs contributed by Isle of Wight carnival people in a fascinating Oral History project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. It aims to share and celebrate the Island’s rich carnival heritage that has defined our popular culture for more than a century.

A Year in the Life of Ryde Carnival Royalty

Ever wondered what is involved in becoming a member of the Ryde Carnival Royalty? Well, wonder no more! Click on the picture below to find out.