IWA Canalway Cavalcade 201603 May 2016
The crowds turned out in force for IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2016. Attracted by a packed schedule and excellent coverage in the Times as well as Time Out where the festival was highlighted as Pick of the Week, visitors were delighted by both waterside and on the water festivities.
2016 marked the 34th year of the festival based in Little Venice, London and 130 boats made the journey, some taking as much as three weeks to arrive. The Festival was opened by Councillor Judith Warner, Lord Mayor Locum Tenens (Deputy) of Westminster, who praised IWA volunteers for their skills in organising the event and for bringing such colour and joy to Paddington and Westminster. The Councillor was joined by John Edmonds, Vice President of London Region IWA, Les Etheridge, Chairman of IWA and Richard Parry, Chief Executive CRT who all made opening remarks.
The pageant of boats carried the theme of "Canals Alive" and was entered by more boats than ever before. The displays were incredibly imaginative: a Noah’s Ark complete with animals going two by two, a shark with jaws munching humans and a mallard duck complete with ducklings as well as the winning display which portrayed all the most popular on and off water pursuits.
As is now customary at Cavalcade, the waters were blessed by the Bishop of London the Rt Rev Rt Hon Dr Richard Chartres, who also cruised past the assembled boats, aboard Lady Mildmay, blessing them as he went.
Awards were presented on Monday afternoon for a range of competitions including best decorated boat, boat handling and best illuminated boat.
For a full list of award winners, more photos and stories from Canalway Cavalcade please visit our blog page.