Batava samba troupe lead the parade on The Leas Photo: Ray Duff

Words and pictures by Ray Duff: Folkestone was alive with colour and music on Saturday, as hundreds of people joined the annual Charivari community parade, organized by Strange Cargo Arts group and Museum of Colour.

Just one of the huge colouful figurines made for Charivari Photo: Ray Duff

The theme of this year’s parade was A Very British Rhythm, celebrating the influence of people of colour from around the world on British dance.

The Charivari parade departs from Folkestone Harbour area Photo: Ray Duff

The participants, who came from schools and community groups across the District, had been working hard for months to create stunning costumes and giant puppets that showcased different dance styles and cultures. They were not deterred by the gloomy weather forecast, which luckily cleared up before the parade started, unlike many other events that had to be cancelled elsewhere.

Crowds throng the Bandstand area as the parade arrives Photo: Ray Duff

The parade started from The Stade on Folkestone seafront, and made its way through the town centre, attracting crowds of spectators along the way. The parade was accompanied by four music bands, playing samba, bangra, carnival and Zimbabwean tunes, creating a festive atmosphere.

Folkestone Mayor Cllr Belinda Walker welcomes and congratulates the participants Photo: Ray Duff

The parade ended at The Leas bandstand, where the participants were greeted by more people who had gathered to watch the spectacle. They were welcomed and congratulated by Brigitte Orasinski from Strange Cargo, who organized the event, and by Folkestone Town mayor, Cllr Belinda Walker.

Event organiser Brigitte Orasinski, with Chris Smith of The Chambers Photo: Ray Duff

The celebration continued with more music performances at the bandstand, organized by The Chambers and Folkestone Festivals.

The event was a great success, and a wonderful way to showcase the diversity and creativity of Folkestone’s community.

By Ed

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