Children’s Procession To Bring ‘Mardi Gras To Scilly’

fish sculptureA new carnival procession will “bring Mardi Gras to Scilly,” this summer.

It’s being organised by the Five Islands School and will feature giant willow sculptures made by children from the primary classes, celebrating the island’s maritime history.

Susanna Gates is Head of the Tresco and Bryher School Base.

She says pupils from all four sites have been working hard over the past few weeks with Cornish artist Amanda Lorens.

They’ve created the sculptures, some reaching around 4 metres long, which will be carried during the procession from the Carn Gwaval site to Holgate’s Green.

Susanna is keeping the final designs secret, but says they’ll include boats and fish,

The youngsters have loved making the sculptures on such a large scale, and watching their designs move from a drawing to a finished piece, she says.

The children will also be creating their own fancy dress outfits and hand-held willow sculptures while secondary school pupils will be making banners for the event.

Susanna says the works won’t be destroyed after the carnival and they’re looking for ideas for what to do with them. She says they would look amazing decorating a local café or restaurant.

The organisers are hoping that the whole community will get involved with the carnival.

There’ll be a samba band and singing on Holgate’s Green and stalls will be available for local businesses or individuals who want to sell items on the day.

Susanna says all they need now is a catchy name for the event – she’s asking locals for any suggestions.

The procession will start from the School on St Mary’s at 1.30pm on July 22nd.