Blue And Green Abstract World Environment Day Invitation LandscaThis year there is a new route for the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras event with a new flatter, more circular route than previous iterations planned.

The Parade – that is being held on the 9th July (Saturday) – will start from Simeon Street Recreation Ground, travel along the Strand, up Dover Street, along Melville Street and Cross Street, then turn down Union Street and back along the Esplanade all the way to Simeon Street to finish.

For the first time, a Quiet Zone is being introduced where audience members who have sensory needs or who just prefer to avoid loud noise can watch the parade and enjoy the spectacle without feeling uncomfortable. This will be along the Strand, from the end of Monkton Street/Royal Gardens to the junction with East Street.

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After feedback from previous years participants was given they have tried to minimise hills and overall parade length, meaning that this year they will not be parading through the pedestrianised part of the High Street.

Gina Dyer Director of Creative Production said:

“It is important to us to make sure everyone can experience the Mardi Gras comfortably and enjoy it. The new route does still have some hills to negotiate so this year we have included 2 further joining-in points which will create shorter routes – 1 halfway and 1 along the seafront, where it is flat. We hope this will make the route accessible to all who wish to take part.”

On offer will be a free family and toddler-friendly carnival activity station in Minghella Square from 11:00 to 15:00 (by Tony’s Fish and Chip Shop) where families will be able to get in the carnival spirit. Face painting, craft and making and dressing up will be on offer with families then able to make their way down to Cross Street/Union Street to watch the parade itself.

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Ekky strump
Ekky strump
11 days ago

Fab Sounds like a plan with everyone accounted for

Ann Kay
Ann Kay
10 days ago

It’s interesting to see that the Mardi Gras is going back to one of the original Ryde Children’s Carnival Routes that was considered too long by the Carnival Association years ago. I think it will help rejuvenate the numbers of people watching.


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