Carnival a Huge Success
Sunday’s Cowley Road Carnival has been declared a huge success by organisers as crowds of around 50,000 celebrated in the sunshine.
Micaela Tuckwell, Executive Director of Cowley Road Works, the charity behind the event said:
“Today has been a terrific success. Glorious weather, a fantastic procession with some of the most amazing costumes and structures. Our theme was ‘icons of art’ and we had at least two Headington sharks – Oxford’s own icon of art – with another Oxford icon, the Mini, one transformed by the pupils at Chilworth House School, the other by the apprentices at the MINI plant. There was Picasso and Frida Kahlo as well.” The 1/2-mile-long procession involved around 700 people in 30 groups including some from London, Milton Keynes and Gloucestershire.
Micaela added: “The Carnival is a huge celebration of the diversity in our community – and groups represented in the procession included folk dancers from Jerusalem, as well as the Kurdish, Indonesian, Nepalese, West Papuan, Nigerian communities. With many more represented by individuals in the schools, samba bands, drummers, dancers and other groups.”
Deputy Lord Mayor of Oxford, Sajjad Malik agreed: “It is so good to be here. In a city which is so diverse, the Carnival brings people together from all backgrounds and you get to speak to people you wouldn’t get to speak to under normal circumstances.
“1 would like to thank the sponsors and organisers who every year put on a great show and bring it all together.”
Richard Venables, High Sheriff of Oxfordshire said: “It’s amazing. The colour, noise, sun and to see the community enjoy themselves and have a fantastic day.”
“We had great crowds at the disco in the car park behind Tesco, as well as our family area at Dingley Dell where we had story-telling, the Discovery zone at the Church of St Mary & St John and the Global Dance Stage, programmed by Dancin’ Oxford. Claire Thompson of Dancin’ Oxford said: “It is fantastic to see dance groups from old around the world. Got 20 dance groups performing with dances of all ages. Some who have been performing at Carnival for years and some new for the first time this year.”