Thames Festival 2012
The Mayor's Thames Festival, to givethe event its full name, will be the largest outdoor arts festivalheld in London in 2012. This year, the Thames Festival promises tobe an extra special event, as it coincides with the closing weekendof the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
As a celebration of the mighty arterial waterway, responsiblefor the birth of London, the Thames Festival attracts hundreds ofthousands of locals. This year will be no different, but thehome-grown crowd at the Thames Festival 2012 is sure to bebolstered by a strong international field of revellers - mirroringthe gathering of the global village brought about by the Olympics -and it's a safe bet that the party on the banks and bridges ofLondon's iconic river will carry on late into the night in many hotels in Kensingtonand other nearby areas of the city over the weekend.
The Thames Festival will take place on Saturday 8theand Sunday 9th September 2012, between WestminsterBridge and Tower Bridge, and is expected to draw a crowd of atleast 800,000 people. As there is no charge for participatingin, or watching, any of the entertainment over the weekend, theThames Festival will easily be the largest free festival held inthe capital this year.
There are a host of events taking place over the two days ofthis family friendly festival, which guarantees to providesomething of interest for every generation. From interactiveart and performances, to street entertainers and river races, theThames Festival is always aimed at giving the summer season aspectacular send-off, whatever the weather.
Feasting is therefore an important part of the mix, with ahealthy selection of food and drink on offer, to keep everyonefuelled throughout the day, and into the evening.
Like any good party, music and dance will be at the heart of thefestivities throughout the weekend, and they will form the backboneof the Sunday night climax of the event. The illuminatedNight Carnival starts at 7.15pm on Upper Ground, and this colourfulprocession of approximately 25 carnival and street theatre groupswill then cross Blackfriars Bridge and head left onto the suitablyspacious Victoria Embankment - this will be the best location toget a good view of thespectacle.
A massive fireworks display will then be shot up into the airfrom a barge located between Waterloo and Blackfriars bridges,providing a flamboyant display that will offer an excellentopportunity to get some atmospheric photos of the fun.
If you will be staying in London hotels to see the finale of theParalympic Games, or simply fancy being part of a huge party, theThames Festival 2012 promises to be a celebration of multi-culturalLondon, and the Olympic spirit of international friendship.