1st Prize Cup Carnival Winners

Green Time’s The Land of Butterflies carnival entry came first in its class at the country’s oldest carnival.

People lined the streets of Ryde watching the 2022 Ryde Illuminated Carnival procession and enjoyed the lighted parade and music. The team’s entry was well received bringing visible delight to the spectators.

Ryde Illuminated Carnival is considered 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. The spectacle of colour and music with fantastic floats and flamboyant costumes made sure that this year Ryde did itself and the Island proud.

Ryde Carnival is the oldest carnival in the UK dating back to the 1887 Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria event which Her Majesty attended. When the first actual carnival took place in 1888 it was seen as a release from the corseted constraints of Victorian society. This year was no exception to the spirit of 1888 as the carnival was again a popular draw with people packing out the entire route.

Heading our entry was the Butterfly Car with Nit Cook as the Asian Queen Ms Sandown taking centre stage. The dance routine had 18 glittering butterfly dancers and featured six different butterfly species. These fabulous costumes were created by the Gift of Nature Team

  • Peacock (Low)
  • Brimstone Yellow (Niviera)
  • Red Admiral (Aireen)
  • Chalk Hill Blue (Mark)
  • Glanville Fritillary (Jayne)
  • Orange Tip (Karina)

We were delighted to have Dance Vibez with us as special quests. Their eight dazzling yellow feathered dancers complimented the main butterfly group. Callum’s very energetic moves delighted the crowds, with many cheering him on as the procession made its way through the packed streets.

Based in the Isle of Wight, Dance Vibez offers classes for all ages and abilities from toddlers up to professional dancers. They offer a full range of dance styles and some classes include exams earning points for university entry.

Green Time is looking forward to working with Dance Vibez in future as dancing provides plenty of fun for all ages and is an exciting way to stay fit and healthy.

Mark Cox as the Green Time Project Lead said “Green Time The Land of Butterflies focuses on nature and the importance of looking after nature within our local community, butterfly conservation and the need to make us all aware of protecting insects. Integrating this project into our wider Green Time Project enables us to bring people together from the different backgrounds and culture, through using crafts to create the carnival entry.”

We took some photos

For more information about Dance Vibez you can call Ann on 07530 176501.

Green Time - The Land of Butterflies Carnival 2022 Project, using crafts, arts and dance to enhance positive emotional well-being and mental health, self-confidence, self-esteem, team working skills and gain a sense of belonging and togetherness. 

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