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Official site of the Hythe Venetian Fete

Introduction to the Hythe Venetian Fete

The Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, Admiral the Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL accompanied by the Right Worshipful the Mayor of Hythe will arrive by float at the Centre Stage of the Royal Military Canal, thus heralding the start of the 2019 Hythe Venetian Fete. 

The other 13 Mayors of the Confederation of the Cinque Ports, who have come to Hythe to enjoy this unique water spectacular, will follow them on their own float, all robed and chained.

Following the opening ceremony by the Mayor of Hythe the daylight parade of the imaginatively decorated floats will begin.  The parade of the 30 competitors floats is divided into 4 sections: Juvenile Societies; Small Societies and Clubs; Large Societies and Clubs; and National Societies, Open and Commercial, each led by a band, with each section competing for a monetary prize and a silver trophy.  There are also prizes and cups for the best daylight tableau, best floral, best dressed rowers, best illuminated and of course the coveted silver replica of the Cinque Port Ship awarded to the best overall entry of the Fete.

After the daylight parade there is an interval for spectators to enjoy the funfair, stalls and refreshments available all around the site.

At 8.50pm, as dusk falls, the spectacular firework display will begin. When everyone has got their breath back after the best firework display Hythe has ever witnessed, hundreds of fairy lights are lit across the bridges and amongst the trees and the tableaux, now illuminated, parade again presenting a fresh and fascinating picture, magically reflected in the water. At the end of this parade the Hythe Venetian Fete Society can congratulate itself for again providing a truly memorable spectacular for Hythe that those visitors from all over the country and abroad have come to love and enjoy.

The Fete is organised by the Society’s Executive Committee consisting of 16 volunteers and no paid staff and on Fete day calls upon up to 300 volunteers to man gates, car parks and act as stewards etc.

The Fete costs over £130,000 to produce with most of this money coming from ticket sales, but the Society does rely on its main sponsors for their generous financial support and the sponsors of the prizes and entertainment programme on the days leading up to Fete day.  Without this financial assistance and the support of the volunteers, the competitors who spend so much time in preparing their floats the Fete would not be possible.

So when you come to the Fete on 21st August 2019 not only enjoy a wonderful evening’s entertainment but also spare a thought for all the volunteers who have made it possible.