Back on the road
The Cowley Road Carnival team are thrilled to announce Carnival is back on the road so get ready to party on Sunday 7th July 2024. Theme: ‘Our Nature Our Future’.
The recently appointed Carnival Chair, Roy McEwen stated that “The Cowley Road Carnival is one of the most anticipated events that puts the people of Oxfordshire front and centre. Carnival provides a platform for artistic expression and a spectacular parade, embodying the true essence of masquerade. Our stakeholders are keen to see the sustainable success of the carnival on the Cowley Road. I am encouraged that 2024 provides an opportunity to return Cowley Road Carnival to the summer calendar and its contribution to the economic vitality of the Cowley Road community.”
This uniquely colourful and vibrant community event will be back on the streets with plans that include the iconic Cowley Road procession, Eco Floats, Street Parties and House Floats introduced in 2021 (first of their kind). There will also be workshops for individuals and community groups to make their own Carnival costumes and the opportunity to take part in the procession.
Zaheer Qureshi who has been a Board member for many years commented: “Since its inception, working with its stakeholders, this Carnival has always been a key catalyst for building bridges between community, schools, youth services, cultural and disability groups.” Board member Sarah Conor added “To locals, the 3-year absence left a social, celebratory and creative hole in Oxford which can’t wait to fill next year.”
The management is encouraging those interested to get involved in various ways such as join the procession, perform, run a stall, volunteer, assist in social media, join the Board or become a sponsor.