Photos: A riot of colour and music at the Margate Carnival parade

Margate Carnival Photo Roberto Fabiani

Samba, carnival courts, a steel band and even Pikachu were some of the sights and sounds at Margate carnival today (August6).

Photo Louis McLaren

Crowds lined the streets for the annual parade winding from Palm Bay to the seafront and Westbrook and, thankfully, the weather stayed dry and bright.

Photo Roberto Fabiani

A splash of colour came with bright Latin inspired outfits, history was marked with Windrush themed costumes and a the blue and yellow of Ukraine was also flown.

Photo Isabelle de Ridder

The Salvation Army, Silver Slipper, Westgate Community Centre, Margate Jetsetters, sea and marine cadets, St John Ambulance and more were among the organisations to take part.

Photo Frank Leppard

Westgate resident Wilfred Jenkins delighted youngsters with his duck costume and Croydon Steel Orchestra and Thanet’s Samba Ya Wantsum were among those providing music.

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Thanet-based Great British Carnival ran carnival workshops at Turner Contemporary in the lead up to the event, inspired by the current exhibition ’Maresias’ by Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes.


    • What on earth is matter with you. I wish they would ban you from commenting as you never have anything positive to say. This was a great family event. The town was buzzing. Can you explain why that isn’t to be encouraged???

  1. A lot of effort went into Margate carnival and it was great! A really cheerful, fun event for free.

    • Indeed – it takes a great deal of time, effort and money to put on the carnival.

      It is just a shame that it is not better supported by local businesses, clubs, organisations, etc.

      However, all credit to those who did take part, dress up, decorate floats, etc. And of course thanks to the volunteers who organise it in the first place.

  2. Glad it went well ,my daughter and her children ,had a great time ,well done ,the ,organisers,brilliant

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