Saturday, 11 July 2015

Witney Carnival 2015

-Eddie, which part of the parade did you like the best?
- Everything, Mummy!

The annual Witney carnival seems to be getting bigger and bigger with every year. This is an event, where the whole family could come. It starts with a big parade or procession at The Leys, and after that there are lots of stalls to visit. All the raised money goes to the local community. All schools, local groups and clubs as well as businesses join the colourful parade. Each year the theme is different. 2015's Theme was Nautical. Both of my sons' schools took part, and while we didn't join in the parade itself, we watched it from start to finish and enjoyed it very much.

Miss Oxfordshire

The parade was led by Miss Oxfordshire. My younger son pronounced her to be very beautiful. She was followed by a band of pipers.
To be honest, I didn't know what's the connection between Witney and the Oxford Caledonian Pipes and Drums group, until I read in the booklet that the band was organised in 1961 by a couple of exiled Scots and two ex-Army pals. They regularly take part in the parade, and play a great tune.


Seeing the pipers brought back memories of the parade five years ago, when I was heavily pregnant (in fact, Eddie made his appearance just two weeks later). My Mum and I were grocery shopping and happened to be in town, when the parade took place. The pipers were so good, I felt like dancing there in the street to their tune, despite my enormous belly. I believe my little man enjoyed it even then, still inside my tummy.


The variety of teams, vehicles and outfits was inspiring. We loved all the vintage engines and decorated trucks.


As the theme was nautical, a lot of people were dressed up as pirates, mermaids, sea creatures and skeletons.


My older son's school was led by the "yellow submarine". Though my son didn't participate (we tried to take him out to join the school, but the crowds were too much for our autie, and my husband took him to a quiet cafe and a bookshop instead). I was mighty proud of our special needs school, and we cheered them on with great enthusiasm. Big well done, Springfield!


The crowds were clapping and cheering.

The cheerleaders did a lovely performance.


Their enthusiasm was catching. We roared together with the fierce Vikings.


There was even a Titanic.


So many teams, so many different ideas!





We really wanted to have a ride on one of the splendid vintage engines.


The procession went all around the central Witney, and everywhere there were crowds, watching and cheering on. It was wonderful to see so many people taking part in the parade and also attending the carnival to watch.

The end of the procession was quite moving, with another band playing music. The fire truck was the last in the long line of participants.


There were all sorts of local characters: from a beauty queen to a bearded mermaid, from pirates to belly dancers, from vikings to Titanic and many more. What a super event! Such a great community spirit!

And the weather was good, very warm but not stifling hot.




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13 comments:

  1. Love pipes and drums, what an amazing sight and the music gives me goosebumps. Really enjoy local events in the summer, everyone happy and such a simple pleasure. My autie is the same x

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    1. Thank you! I love pipes and drums as well, very uplifting

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  2. It is Carnival time of year, we have been to our local one too and even won first prize with our coombe Mill float. they really are a lot of fun and a great way to bring a community together. It looks like yours is somewhat larger than our local village but the carnival feel looks much the same. Sounds like you had a lovely time watching the procession pass by and with a lovely evening for it too. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

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    1. Thank you Fiona! Our carnival is getting bigger every year.

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  3. I miss English carnivals - we always get over just too late to see the local ones. Looks like a fab da out :)

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    1. But you are lucky to see the French ones!

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  4. The carnival looks great fun! So many different, and imaginative, ideas.

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    1. Thank you Leta! It was a very colourful and joyful event

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  5. How fun that the schools get to take part, and what a fabulous show they put on! I like the viking boat, but the yellow submarine is inspired!

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    1. Thank you, I was very moved by the amount of people who came to watch the parade.

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  6. What a fantastic event, so much to look at. Love the yellow submarine and the vikings

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  7. I love these sorts of carnivals - and great that your school was able to take part.

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  8. That looks like a carnival should be, our local one is really a rather sorry state of affairs these days. I used to love the carnival when I was little.

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