St Helena Carnival 2016: Taking Flight

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

GIVE ME WINGS | Darrin Henry

There was string, Sellotape, masking tape, safety pins, cable ties, wire, bendy plastic water piping; there were feathers, silky fabric, net curtains, cardboard, crepe paper, painted bed sheets and tin foil; and there was music and people and dogs and one float cum mobile band – but best of all, there was sunshine!

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Here Comes The Sun

Welcome to Carnival 2016 on St Helena, fluttering through Jamestown on wings of all shapes and sizes following the theme of ‘Taking Flight.’  Colourful, happy and noisy.

We’ve just endured about two months or so of dreariness, otherwise known as a St Helena winter. Ok, not winter as some of my friends in UK keep reminding me they experience, but all the same, it’s not been fun.

But yesterday, the day before Carnival 2016 the sun finally made a sustained appearance and today it was back again! It seemed to raise everyone’s spirits and the mood was positively happy.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival on St Helena is a biennial event, organised to raise funds for a local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness.

Dancing Down The Street

This year organisers had made ‘Taking Flight’ the theme, after all, this was supposed to be the year (2016) that air travel came to St Helena. Although that’s not quite worked out as expected, still, ‘wings’ had been chosen and today that’s what we got. All shapes, sizes and colours.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Jamestown street parades are very much a part of St Helena culture; ‘dancing down the street’ as it’s often referred to. They take the mile long route beginning at the hospital and finishing on the sea front. There are the regulars; St Helena Day parade is in May and the traditional Christmas parades in December are always popular, especially the Festival of Lights, the only night parade. Then there are the one-off fund raisers and special events that also bring the colourful costumes onto the streets.

Today’s carnival brought the sun out. It was fantastic.

Here are a few pictures – enjoy!

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Miss St Helena 2016, Kimley Yon (centre) taking part in the carnival with first and second runners up, Kaylee Young and Jodie Scipio-Constantine. Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Miss St Helena 2016, Kimley Yon (centre) taking part in the carnival with first and second runners up, Kaylee Young and Jodie Scipio-Constantine. Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight.'

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight.’

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Photographers were everywhere capturing the fun of Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness.

Photographers were everywhere capturing the fun of Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

St Helena's Governor, Lisa Phillips (centre) spreading her wings joining in the Cancer Support and Awareness Carnival 2016. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight.'

St Helena’s Governor, Lisa Phillips (centre) spreading her wings joining in the Cancer Support and Awareness Carnival 2016. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight.’

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Spectators lining the route through Jamestown to see Carnival 2016, raising funds for St Helena charity, Cancer Support and Awareness.

Spectators lining the route through Jamestown to see Carnival 2016, raising funds for St Helena charity, Cancer Support and Awareness.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

A great turnout for Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

A great turnout for Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

A great turnout for Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes. Moving on to Main Street and past the Consulate Hotel.

A great turnout for Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes. Moving on to Main Street and past the Consulate Hotel.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

One of the many refreshment stalls on the sea front where the carnival parade finished. Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness.

One of the many refreshment stalls on the sea front where the carnival parade finished. Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year's theme, 'Taking Flight' brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016 through historic Jamestown, St Helena, raising funds for local charity, Cancer Support and Awareness. This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight’ brought out wings of all shapes and sizes.

Carnival 2016, St Helena Island, raising funds for the local charity 'Cancer Support and Awareness.' This year's theme, 'Taking Flight.'

Carnival 2016, St Helena Island, raising funds for the local charity ‘Cancer Support and Awareness.’ This year’s theme, ‘Taking Flight.’

25 thoughts on “St Helena Carnival 2016: Taking Flight

  1. Brilliant photos – they made me wish I were there. There was also a very noticeable difference for me personally….originality. Often with “events” on the island I am left with the feeling I’ve seen this before, something being copied…but the photographs portrayed freshness and really well done creativity. The carnival too looked bigger, more vibrant and fun. Well done to all those who made this happen, who joined in the community spirit which is so important to St Helena’s way of life. Really enjoyed looking at these photographs….thank you.

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    • Hey Nigel, you’re not wrong, there was a lovely buzz to the carnival as everyone embraced this year’s theme. The parade really is a vital part of the island’s community traditions. Thanks for the comment. Hope to have plenty more from you 🙂

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    • Everyone certainly was beautiful for the carnival and the effort with all the wings made it special. Thanks for your comment, always lovely to see your name pop up on here 🙂

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  2. Hi Darrin – from a Jersey that’s just beginning it’s long winter… We’re just back from the Deep South in the USA – your excellent blog earlier was helpful!

    Tell me: how is Eric Benjamin these days? I didn’t get a reply to my last email some time ago and knowing that he’d been poorly, I was concerned. Is he still going strong? If so, I will try again.

    We still get the Wirebird and generally try to keep abreast of what is happening out there. And we look forward very much to finding out What the Saints Do Next!

    Best wishes

    Rod

    Rod Amy rodamy46@gmail.com

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    • We had a great time in the US south, so many good memories, glad the blogs were helpful. Haha, no fun at the start of winter, eh!
      Eric and Heather are doing great, we went to their 60th wedding anniversary last month. His email is still the same.
      Brilliant to hear from you again, always appreciate your comments on the blog. Cheers 🙂

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    • That’s so true Debbie, when you’re in the parade you tend to only see those costumes immediately close by, never considered that before! Everyone made such a great effort. Good job as MC by you too 🙂 always getting the party started. Thanks for the comment.

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  3. Beautiful pictures Darren! There were lots of excellent wings, talent for you!!! Well done to all who made this happen, an awesome sight to watch for such a worthy cause! Brilliant!

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