New home needed for Zeus

By a County Press reporter

Published on Friday, March 08, 2013 - 12:12


New home needed for Zeus

Zeus taking part in Ryde Carnival.

AN URGENT plea has been issued to find a new home for a striking carnival prop named Zeus.

The processional bull was created in 2010 thanks to a collaboration with Italian carnival artist Umberto Cinquini.

It has been stored at the Learning Centre, Westridge, but will have to be moved due to building work and the New Carnival Company has appealed for help to find a new home.

Carnival company executive director Chris Slann said: "Our Midsummer Mardi Gras Parade on June 29 will be led by our giant bull inspired by the Boeuf Gras — fattened cow — of New Orleans Mardi Gras fame.

"We cannot afford for him to fall into further disrepair. We need somewhere dry where he can be stored and we can repair and repaint him before the summer.

"There must be someone on the Island who can offer Zeus a roof over his head? In return we would happily promote any supporting individual or organisation as part of the procession."

Frankie Goldspink, creative and cultural director, said: "We are also looking to recruit a 'Waifs and Strays’ Carnival Club to perform alongside the bull.

"Anyone who is not part of an existing carnival group, but would like to make spectacular costumes and perform in the Midsummer Mardi Gras should contact us as soon as possible as weekly sessions will start after Easter."

Anyone interested in joining or who can offer a new home to Zeus can contact The New Carnival Company on 717868 or


Zeus, in need of repair.


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