If Matthew Arnold was still alive, he would be adding carnival vibes and family fun to “dreaming spires”. On July 7, it was party time as Oxford’s biggest and most inclusive summer party – Cowley Road Carnival celebrated the diverse communities of East Oxford.
The big highlight of Carnival was the Procession which included schools and community groups who spent weeks and months creating their colourful costumes and dance routines. The procession included the giant Nicaraguan puppet, Leonora, and her baby celebrating Oxford’s twin city of Leon. This year’s theme ‘Wheels of Change’, celebrated 100 years of car making in Oxford, William Morris and the Cowley car plant.
Senior Project Manager Ben Hardy said, “REM have been delivering events in Oxford since 2011 when we first worked with the charity Cowley Road Works on the Fiesta in the Park and Cowley Road Carnival in the Park. Last year we were delighted to work alongside Oxford Inspires, Oxford City Council and set designers Block 9 on the cultural Olympiad project, The Tree of Light, and Oxford’s Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration. It is always a pleasure to be working in Oxford.”