Boats galore at the Canalway Cavalcade in Little Venice, London

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

The Canalway Cavalcade is a waterways boaters’ annual gathering that has been taking place at Little Venice in north London for over thirty years.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Organised by volunteers of the Inland Waterways Association, the Cavalcade was started in 1983 and runs over the entire May bank holiday weekend around Little Venice, close to Warwick Avenue tube. Admission is always free.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

The event sees an array of barges and narrow boats gathering at the festival, and once you’ve finished watching people pottering around in boats, you can head off to the food stalls or check out the real-ale bar.

There’s also lots of independent stalls lining the canal if you feel the need to spend.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Over this May Bank Holiday weekend (2nd – 4th May 2015), a series of events took place, including Morris dancing, live jazz bands and boat handling competitions.

Every Sunday there is an illuminated procession of boats. Sadly, I missed that, so below is some footage from 2012’s display:

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

View of the Regent’s Canal, looking south west towards Paddington.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Painting the boat.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Into the short tunnel that runs underneath Maida Vale and into Regent’s Park.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Queue for the boat trips.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Watching the action.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Decorated narrowboats filled the Paddington branch of the Regent’s Canal.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Flags galore.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Old working boat.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Along the Paddington branch.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Under the Westway.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Watching a boat go by.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

The weather was good, and there was loads of people eating on the grass, lending something of a mini festival vibe to the day.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Kids area.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

These looked great fun. Why weren’t they invented when I was that age?!

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Bridge decoration.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Ducks on a barge.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Wandering troubadour.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Narrow boat detail.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Bridge detail.

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

Canal Cavalcade, Little Venice, Maida Vale, north London, Monday 4th May at 2015

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