Ryde Illuminated Carnival is what we consider the biggest and best of all the carnivals on the island. It is the last carnival of the season where each year thousands of spectators crowd the streets of Ryde and (people of a nervous disposition beware) the crowds can be boisterous and some of the entries at this late-evening event can be a little scary! Come and join the fun and soak up the heady atmosphere of the evening.

SATURDAY 2nd September 2023

7:00pm Assemble Esplanade & Canoe Lake

7:30pm Judging

8:30pm Procession moves off

All entries should report initially to the control point at the bottom of East Hill road, before being assigned to their assembly areas.

Please fill out the Online Carnival Entry Form


Esplanade, Dover Street, Park Road, Star Street, High Street, Union Street, ending back at the Esplanade.









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Everyone should come to the assembly area via East Hill Road, through the Entry Point and on to the Control Point where they will be instructed where to assemble for their particular class.










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Parking Suspensions and Road Closures

Canoe Lake, Esplanade to Dover St roundabout, Dover St, Park Road/Star St, High St, Union St and Esplanade South to Dover St roundabout will be closed to traffic and diversions will be in place from late afternoon. Drivers should allow extra time for their journeys from late afternoon onward and be aware that parking spaces around the procession route will be very limited.

Access to the Pier and Hovercraft will be maintained throughout this period. TO ACCESS THE PIER AND HOVERCRAFT from the Sandown direction: turn left at St Johns Church onto St Johns Rd, continue onto Green Street and turn right at the traffic lights onto West St and accessing Esplanade North side via St Thomas St (this becomes 2-way traffic to accommodate exiting from the Esplanade).

During the processions it will not be possible for vehicles within the boundaries of Esplanade, Dover St, Park Rd/Star St, High St and Union St to exit, except under controlled conditions at Melville Street/Dover Street.

Parking will be suspended on the following streets to allow the Carnival processions to pass safely on Saturday 3rd September (from 5.30 (Union St 4.30pm) to 11.59pm)

Union Street

West Street – west side from Queens Rd to Lind St

North side of Strand from East Street to Esplanade

Canoe Lake Rd from North Walk to Appley Rise

North Walk from Esplanade to Canoe Lake Rd

Esplanade North & South sides from Strand to Dover Street

Esplanade South side from Dover St to Union St

Dover St East side from Dover St roundabout to Melville St

Motorists are likely to encounter difficulties in finding parking places close to the procession route, and therefore we encourage people to leave the car at home and use public transport or walk.