Photos: Rain doesn’t dampen spirits for Ramsgate Carnival 2023

Ramsgate Carnival parade 2023 Photo Frank Leppard

It might have rained on the parade but the weather did not dampen the spirits of participants and onlookers at Ramsgate carnival today (July 30).

Photo Frank Leppard

From ‘rubber ducks’ to  weird and mythical creatures  and Gaddzukes to Samba Ya Wantsum drumming, majorettes to Stormtroopers and a host of queens and princesses – the 100th Ramsgate parade wound its way  through the town and seafront after mayor Pat Moore ‘opened’ the event.

Photo Frank Leppard

At Government Acre there had been a fair, stalls, bar and entertainment over the weekend and even an outing for the East Kent Sleeping Giants with Frank Sweeney of GBC  ( Great British Carnival ) dressed the Pirate Giant.

Photo Vicki Couchman

It is believed there are 2000 ‘giants’ in the UK and Kent has the largest concentration. In 2002 giant art projects were funded through National Lottery and KCC to bring back to life the sleeping giants through arts company Strange Cargo.

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Carnival organisers also teamed up with  Gadds’ to create a new beer, the Ramsgate CarnivAle, to raise funds for the annual event.

Housebuilder Barratt Homes sponsored the Croydon Steel Band which played at the parade.

Natalie Perry, Sales and Marketing Director for Barratt Homes Kent, said: “It was so amazing to see the community come together for the long-awaited 100th Ramsgate Carnival, and we hope everyone enjoyed the pan music from the Croydon Steel Band and the fantastic floats on display.”

Vice President of Ramsgate Carnival, Marion Pearce added: “The Ramsgate Carnival has been so loved and cherished by the whole of Kent’s wonderful community for decades, so it has been wonderful to bring back the festival for its centenary celebrations.

“Just as we think last year could not be topped, this year was even better and will definitely go down in the history books. I have been involved with the carnival in many different roles over the last 33 years, so I am even more thankful to Barratt Kent for their generous sponsorship, which aided our costs and efforts in bringing the best entertainment for the event.”


  1. Unlike a lot of seaside resorts, Ramsgate is somewhere to come and have plenty to do rain or shine, great event, best on Southeast Coast, in the Backdrop of the only Royal Harbour and its great South facing beach.

      • As you said caves, but more places like Arcade, Children’s soft plays, arts a crafts, science children’s centre, places to eat out, beaches to have a nice walk along, water sports, bike ride hire.
        I live in Ramsgate and is the best place in Thanet for things to do.

  2. Well, where is there to go anywhere on a rainy day? I certainly don’t want to hang out in a shopping mall or cinema complex. Not sure what other places have to offer indoors that you’ve experienced? We’ve got brilliant cafes and bars, a few nice hotels where you can relax in style, a few children’s indoor play centres on the high street. Hardly ever rains here so when it does sometimes we take the kids out for a puddle splash in their wellies.

    • Are you asking me?

      In some places, there are museums, art galleries, stately homes, etc. Margate has slightly more to do (Turner, Caves, Museum, Shell Grotto).

  3. be realist who honestly would want to have a holiday in this dump ,theres a longer list of whats been lost than whats avaliable for visitors today.

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