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Isle of Wight Mardi Gras 2022

9 July 2022


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Part of a packed programme of events held each year on the island to the south of England, this year the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras will have the theme, Biosphere Island, in recognition of the island receiving UNESCO Biosphere Reserve status. Celebrating the beauty of the island’s natural environment, this is a spectacular parade created by schools and groups in the island.

Organised by The New Carnival Company, it’s held in the town of Ryde on the final Saturday in June each year. Approximately 30 community groups and schools are involved each year in what is an educational experience as well as fun. Samba bands join visiting groups and arts organisations in a carnival that expresses learning, creativity and performance.

Groups taking part in the parade will choose from specific themes such as red squirrels, dark skies or chalk downs, and local organisations, including the Isle of Wight Zoo and Archaeology Discovery Centre, will host field trips to inspire the participants costume design.

The theme, Biosphere Island, was chosen to support the Isle of Wight’s current bid to become a UNESCO Global Biosphere, which was announced on 19 June.

Isle of Wight Mardi Gras Route

Phoenix Project representing Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve Chile
Phoenix Project representing Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve Chile

The parade leaves from Ryde School Playing Fields on Queens Road at 3 pm, before progressing along Queens Road and Newport Street before ending at the Esplanade. A map of the 2018 route can be downloaded here.

When is the Isle of Wight Mardi Gras

The festival will start at 3pm on 9 July, 2022.

Isle of Wight Mardi Gras
Isle of Wight Mardi Gras

Things To Do on the Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight has a wonderful history with Carisbroke Castle, where King Charles I was locked up prior to his execution, and Queen Victoria’s beloved Osborne House both run by English Heritage and open to the public. Read more about what you can do on the island in Isle of Wight Holidays: Walks, Pubs and Victoria.

Isle of Wight Festival Season

The Ryde Mardi Gras is just one of many festivals on the island. Other festivals include: Isle of Wight Walking Festival, the Isle of Wight Festival, Ventnor Fringe and Lendy Cowes Week.

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Visit Isle of Wight

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Mark Bibby Jackson

Mark Bibby Jackson

Before setting up Travel Begins at 40, Mark was the publisher of AsiaLIFE Cambodia and a freelance travel writer. When he is not packing and unpacking his travelling bag, Mark writes novels, including To Cook A Spider and Peppered Justice. He loves walking, eating, tasting beer, isolation and arthouse movies, as well as talking to strangers on planes, buses and trains whenever possible. Most at home when not at home.

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