The annual Isle of Wight Mardi Gras parade is to return to the streets of Ryde in 2017, it has been confirmed.

‘Reflections of India’ will take place on Saturday 1st July at 15:00. The truly spectacular parade will leave from Ryde School before making its way down Queens Road, through Ryde Town and on wards to Union Street and the Esplanade.

The parade, which was sadly rained off this year, will finish with a celebratory ‘carnival jump up’ at Eastern Gardens for all participating young people.

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The Mardi Gras parade is different from other carnivals in that it is curated and choreographed. All participating school and community groups undertake a programme of learning and research before making costumes and rehearsing performance. The parade always takes a theme that encourages learning and investigating, with 2017’s theme being ‘Reflections of India’. The parade will recognise and celebrate the forthcoming ‘UK-India Year of Culture’ commemorating 70 years since independence.

31 groups have already registered to take part in next year’s parade – that’s over 800 magnificent costumes.


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