The Isle of Wight Mardi Gras, held in Ryde every last Saturday in June, is a flagship event which showcases the very best of children and young people’s carnival experience through learning, creating and performance.

The theme this year is "All the World’s A Stage" and is part of the Shakespeare's 400th anniversary celebrations.

Research and learning about the theme underpins the design of each costume section, contributed to by the young people themselves and made in creative workshops led by teachers, parents and volunteers.

  • To be held on Saturday 25 June 2016, in Ryde Town Centre and Esplanade
  • The Parade assembles in Ryde School Playing Fields, Queens Road, at 1.15 pm
  • The Parade leaves at 3 pm following a route from Queens Road to Newport Street, The High Street, Union Street and along the Esplanade.
  • The Parade finishes at Eastern Esplanade Gardens where there will be a celebration party with MC Coco P from 4.30pm till 7pm.

More information about the Equals Friendship Group's carnival contribution later.

The New Carnival Company website has further details.