THOUSANDS of people descended on Ryde for its popular Illuminated Carnival — an event regarded as one of the most spectacular events on the Isle of Wight's summer calendar.

Last night's (Saturday) procession was thoroughly enjoyed by revellers, who did not have to worry about bad weather for a change.

There was an array of groups and individuals wearing vibrant, flamboyant carnival costumes, either on the march waving to spectators, or dancing to hi-energy music.

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The floats were equally eye-catching, with bags of effort — and imagination — put into them from groups all across the Isle of Wight.

There were also musical bands, ranging from South American/Caribbean-style percussion, to Scottish bagpipes, on the march.

For so many — none more so than carnival organisers — it was a relief to be able to stage and see Ryde Illuminate Carnival, following the massive disappointment of Ryde's main carnival, which was cancelled on Thursday due to bad weather.

The circular route took the procession from the Esplanade, up Dover Street, left onto Park Road and again onto High Street, joining Union Street and back onto the Esplanade.

Carnival organisers had also set up a dedicated 'quiet zone', for those who enjoy the carnival sights, but without all of the loud music.

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