Hundreds celebrate Maindee Festival

Hundreds celebrate Maindee Festival

The annual Maindee Festival Parade walked through the streets of Newport. Pictured in the Giant Green Man is Harry Mitchell 17 from Oakdale. (6930317)

The annual Maindee Festival Parade walked through the streets of Newport. Pictured leaving Rodney Parade at the front are the Brecon Samba Band. (6930310)

The annual Maindee Festival Parade walked through the streets of Newport. Pictured is the festival parade on Corporation Road. (6930319)

The annual Maindee Festival Parade walked through the streets of Newport. Pictured rolling their giant colour ball are the Famillies Skills group from Newport. (6930329)

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FORECASTED rain stayed away and hundreds enjoyed the Maindee Festival under blue skies on Saturday afternoon.

The event, which was based on a festival theme, took its inspiration from Latin America and the imminent World Cup in Brazil.

'Festiballs' - which had been made by the community - were rolled along the route from midday, adding a particularly decorative and colourful note to the proceedings which started at Rodney Parade and finished at Maindee Primary School.

One of the organisers of the festival, Maindee resident Raza Sardar, said the key was in the preparation, with everything going well following planning which began just days after last year’s festival had wrapped up.

Mr Sardar said: “It is a year in the planning. As soon as this is over we'll have a meeting for next year's.

“The weather turned just in time, which was good, and the parade was well-organised and colourful.”

The 'festiballs' were created by dozens of families who got involved during a number of workshops held recently as part of the festival fun, which aims to bring people together in celebration of community spirit.

Lead by artistic director Andy O’Rourke, the workshops at Maindee Primary School ran over three days.

Festival secretary Alison Starling said previously: “Every year we have art workshops as part of the parade.

“Normally we got to schools but this year we decided to open it up to any age –from five years-old to 105.”

Large and impressive models, or 'giants', were also carried by volunteers as part of the parade. They were made by the Newport-based arts collective, Malarky.

A member of the group, Chris Wood, said several of them were now considered themselves festival 'veterans' after being used in several events.

They included the group’s Maindee Woman, Maindee Man, and models of a crane, a heron and a little egret. Little egrets are native to southern Africa but nest in the Newport Wetlands, Mr Wood said.

Kathy Biggs, from the Brecon Samba group, who led the parade, said she had enjoyed taking part in the "lovely, fantastic" festival, which she had last participated in about ten years ago.

The Mayor of Newport, Cllr Matthew Evans, said: “It has been a great occasion today. It is always wonderful seeing the community come together. There is a really good community spirit.”

The Newport East MP, Jessica Morden, added: “It is beautiful today. We were worried about the weather but it has not rained on the parade so all is well. In fact, I like it when it’s not quite so hot.”

The festival's full programme of events also included a music and dance performances over two stages, A Maindee’s Got Talent competition, and the all-new spoken word tent called ‘Cwtch’.

A range of delicacies and refreshments were supplied by international food stalls and a bar.

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9:16pm Sun 8 Jun 14

bruce says...

Have to say it was a great day out,the weather was lovely and we all enjoyed the day,well done all
Have to say it was a great day out,the weather was lovely and we all enjoyed the day,well done all bruce
  • Score: 10

11:36pm Sun 8 Jun 14

bravoscar says...

Apart from four cars got broken into
Apart from four cars got broken into bravoscar
  • Score: 0

8:42am Mon 9 Jun 14

Mervyn James says...

To be honest, I thought it was well down on the previous years, and there was a lot less variety on the field to the extent we got bored and left....
To be honest, I thought it was well down on the previous years, and there was a lot less variety on the field to the extent we got bored and left.... Mervyn James
  • Score: -7

1:26pm Mon 9 Jun 14

JamieClaire says...

I felt uplifted to be part of the community spirit at Maindee festival. It gave me that happy, positive feel good factor - all I need is A way to bottle it up that feeling for rainy days :)

Well done to all those involved in making and organising Maindee Festival event. Its not all about the stalls Mervyn. ;)
I felt uplifted to be part of the community spirit at Maindee festival. It gave me that happy, positive feel good factor - all I need is A way to bottle it up that feeling for rainy days :) Well done to all those involved in making and organising Maindee Festival event. Its not all about the stalls Mervyn. ;) JamieClaire
  • Score: 3

7:13pm Mon 9 Jun 14

GogExile says...

JamieClaire wrote:
I felt uplifted to be part of the community spirit at Maindee festival. It gave me that happy, positive feel good factor - all I need is A way to bottle it up that feeling for rainy days :)

Well done to all those involved in making and organising Maindee Festival event. Its not all about the stalls Mervyn. ;)
I completely agree. Myself and my friends had a fantastic time and are still smiling days later. Huge congratulations to all of the organisers, volunteers and participants.
[quote][p][bold]JamieClaire[/bold] wrote: I felt uplifted to be part of the community spirit at Maindee festival. It gave me that happy, positive feel good factor - all I need is A way to bottle it up that feeling for rainy days :) Well done to all those involved in making and organising Maindee Festival event. Its not all about the stalls Mervyn. ;)[/p][/quote]I completely agree. Myself and my friends had a fantastic time and are still smiling days later. Huge congratulations to all of the organisers, volunteers and participants. GogExile
  • Score: 4

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