Jubilee weekend set to be Reading, white and blueBy Paul Cassell
May 31, 2012
Children will be bringing plenty of Diamond Jubilee cheer to this year’s Reading Community Carnival when they parade through the town wearing crowns and dressed in red, white and blue.
Youngsters at the Apollo Youth Club in Katesgrove will join a procession of colourfully decorated floats and vibrant dancers led by Reading All Steel Percussion Orchestra (RASPO) on Monday.
The lively Caribbean festival, which began as part of The Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977, has become a highlight of the town’s cultural calendar each summer.
St Vincent and the Grenadines, Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad will be represented with many other community groups as the parade winds its way through the streets of West Reading from 12.30pm.
It will start in Prospect Park and head along Tilehurst Road, Russell Street, Oxford Road, Grovelands Road and Water Road before returning to the park where the party will continue into the evening.
Events at the park will start at 11am with musicians, poets, singers, dancers and DJs performing on the main stage. There will also be fairground rides and attractions for children and stalls selling arts and crafts and Caribbean cuisine.
Further details can be found at www.readingcarnival.org.uk