If it’s the Early Spring Bank Holiday then it’s the welcome arrival of brightly decorated boats in Browning’s Pool at Little Venice for London IWA’s Canal Cavalcade. I pass the Pool as I drive to work most mornings and it’s always exciting to see the boats arrive and watch the marquees, flags and bunting go up.
The IWA Canal Cavalcade is one of London’s village fete events, albeit a fete on steroids. It’s a little bit of village-England de-camped to the heart of the city and located beneath the streaming traffic of the Westway fly-over. And, it’s where you’ll find Morris dancers, bric-a-brac stalls, a beer tent, food stalls and Punch & Judy encamped alongside the boats.
The Cavalcade is a wonderfully positive affirmation of good will and good humour as vast numbers of people wonder along the canalside simply looking at the boats and soaking in the friendly atmosphere.
There’s a huge groundswell of support for our waterways out there.
The crowds were certainly out in force on the Sunday when we attended. Here’s a visual summary of our day: