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Hythe Venetian Fete Celebrations, 21st August, 2013

The Mayor of Hythe’s VIP guests including the Cinque Ports Mayors, taken at the pre-Fete reception at the Imperial Hotel in Hythe.

The Mayor of Hythe’s VIP guests including the Cinque Ports Mayors, taken at the pre-Fete reception at the Imperial Hotel in Hythe.

The Hythe Venetian Fete is a parade of decorated tableaux on floats pulled by rowing boats, which is traditionally held on the Royal Military Canal in Hythe every second year on the third Wednesday in August.  The Fete attracts an audience of thousands who pack the canal banks to see the two processions of up to 40 floats, first in daylight and then again after dark when illuminated.  At dusk, between the two parades, there is always a grand fireworks display.  This year Hythe enjoyed perfect summer weather, and the organising committee of volunteers were congratulated on the fact that this Fete was acknowledged to have been one of the most colourful and spectacular events ever.

Floats at night (c) www.venetian-fete.com

Floats at night (c) www.venetian-fete.com

All the Mayors of the Cinque Ports were invited to attend, together with other VIP  guests, including Ros McCarthy DL representing the Lord-Lieutenant. The Mayor of Hythe greeted the other Cinque Ports Mayors as they arrived at the central viewing platform on one of the floats.  The disembarkation of the fully robed Mayors with their heavy chains of office was watched with some trepidation by those already on the platform, but during the whole evening the safety boat was not called upon to rescue anyone at all from the water!  It is to be hoped that this unique and historically important event will continue to give pleasure to the community for years to come.

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