Thames festival, 2006
A weekend party celebrating the River Thames
(Photos/words © urban75, Sept 2006)
Once again, the Mayor's Thames festival proved to be a fabulous weekend with a load of free riverside events including music, art, funfairs, fireworks and a big lantern procession.
The festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday action in and around the riverfront walk, parks and open spaces between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge.
Created from thousands of 'flowers' made from recycled plastic, 'Carmen' is made from 10,000 flowers put together by 10,000 children in 200 primary schools.
Dad and son come flying out of the Helter Skelter.
A riverfront scene where several activities were taking place.
Wellies for use by people wanting to stomp around on the Thames sand below.
A young 'un tries to get down with some syncopated rhythms.
Kids play area.
Strange noises and movements were later seen coming from this 'Compost Mentis' installation.
Not for veggies like me, but business was brisk at the Traditional British Sausages stall.
Relaxing on the beach.
Making sand castles.
Look at the size of that moat!
Getting stuck in.
Kids chase after an enormous bubble.
Which promptly bursts above their heads!
Stalls along the river front.
'The Strangelings' warm up for their 'Tandem' routine outside the National Theatre.
Acrobatic capers by the Strangelings.
Their act - which was excellent - involved a lot of tandem cycling.
One of our old favourites, the 'Museum Of' was reopened to show off a MA photography show.
It was great to see this old building in use again.
Inside, the building was as delightfully half-derelict as ever - far better than some squeaky-clean antiseptic gallery.
Another view inside one of the upper floors of the 'Museum Of.'
It would be great if it could stay open because I used to love its quirky, unpretentious exhibitions.
Watching a video installation in the Museum Of.
View of part of the festival site from the Museum Of building..
Ground floor view.
'Eat Me' by Sharon Baker involved baking a life-sized woman in bread and then inviting others to eat it afterwards. Most strange.
Stage by the Tate Modern.
Heading towards London Bridge we came across these wags.
Borough Market at the end of the day.
Drinkers at the Market Porter pub.
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