Isle of Wight Mardi Gras will return to Ryde, from July 9.

This year, the Island's will be the opening parade for National Children’s Carnival Week, in partnership with UK Centre for Carnival Arts and other carnivals, taking in locations from Leeds to Hastings.

This year's theme is Our World Our Future.

Some of the costumes are being made by members of the organisation's Adult and Community Learning Course.

Isle of Wight County Press: The procession route, including a new quiet zone.The procession route, including a new quiet zone.

Director of Creative Production, Gina Dyer designed them using 75 per cent sustainable materials - including recycled scraps, natural materials, and locally sourced items.

On July 9, they will be seen on the streets of Ryde, along with entries from over 20 school and community groups.

This year there is a new circular route, taking in a route including Melville Street, Cross Street, Union Street and more.

What's on when at Isle of Wight Mardi Gras?

  • There will also be a brand new Quiet Zone, for people who have sensory needs, or prefer to avoid loud noises, which will be along the Strand (from the end of Monkton Street/Royal Gardens to the junction with East Street).
  • Visitors can also enjoy free family and toddler-friendly activities in Minghella Square, from 11am to 3pm.
  • Monkton Arts will be showcasing the work of local crafters in St Thomas’s garden, from 10.30am to 3pm.
  • The parade itself starts at 3pm.
  • There will also be activities across the week.