Thursday, 20 August 2015

Carnival Spirit!

Last night was the annual Weymouth Carnival and I helped out on the Wessex FM float - giving out sweets and stickers and collecting donations thrown (sometimes quite literally) from the waiting crowds!

Copyright - Wessex FM

That is why I decided to blog this today - the weather was hideous and no matter how much the BBC said the rain would stop and the fog would clear - it didn't it poured.... and poured .... and drizzled and then poured again!

You can see the full gallery here

The people though didn't bat an eyelid, yes some looked like drowned rats as did I -

Copyright Wessex FM - Owen

- but I didn't care, it was great fun and all for good local causes.

Unfortunately due to the weather the Red Arrows had to cancel the fly past BUT all was not lost as the Dorset based Active Mobility - had an incredible entry with a fleet of mobility 'jets' - it was amazing!

Copyright Dorset Evening Echo

So what does make us Brits so nuts about carnivals? I had a bit of nosey around and found that Some of the best-known traditions, including carnal parades and masquerade balls, were first recorded in medieval Italy. The Carnival of Venice was, for a long time, the most famous carnival (although Napoleon abolished it in 1797 and only in 1959 was the tradition restored). From Italy, Carnival traditions spread to Spain, Portugal and France and from France to New France in North America. From Spain and Portugal it spread with colonisation to the Caribbean and Latin America. In the early 19th century in the German Rhineland and Southern Netherlands, the weakened medieval tradition also revive. In Rhineland in 1823, the first modern Carnival parade took place in Cologne

Other areas developed their own traditions. In the UK, West Indian immigrants brought with them the traditions of Caribbean Carnival, however the carnivals now celebrated at Notting Hill; London, Leeds and Yorkshire became divorced from their religious origins and became secular events that take place in the summer months and not before Lent as tradition would have it.

It is probably one of the very best ways and most popular way to raise money for charities, but sadly

does depend in the UK on our very erm... up and down weather.

So do you always support your local carnival?