Ryde Mardi Gras 2013. Picture by Peter Boam.
RYDE is set to host its biggest ever Mardi Gras parade today (Saturday) in the Isle of Wight event's ten year history.
Entertainment kicks off at noon, with music, carnival showcase, bar and barbecue.
But the highlight will be the parade, which is due to feature 750 adults and youngsters, decked out in incredible costumes.
This year's theme is Natural Geographic and the parade will be led by Rex, the carnival king, who will ride on top of the Grand Bull.
The parade leaves Queens Road at 3pm and will make its way along High Street, Union Street and Esplanade.
Frankie Goldspink, of organisers the New Carnival Company, said: "Each year the Mardi Gras takes an educational theme to encourage schools in particular to embrace Carnival in the Curriculum and give a depth to learning, discovery and creativity.
"This year’s theme is Natural Geographic, so visitors can expect to see geography, geology, environmental science, people and places like they’ve never seen before!" Sections on display will include Haylands Primary School’s 'Polar Ice Cap’, Cowes Primary School’s 'Northern Lights’ and creatures from the 'Galapagos Islands’ from Priory School, Whippingham."
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