Festival Events St Ives (FESt)



St Ives Illuminated Boat Parade Saturday 7th September 2019

An Illuminated Boat Parade was held in St Ives on Saturday 7th September.

The weather was good, if a bit chilly, and the crowds turned out en masse to enjoy this spectacular evening.  The ‘Disney’ themed event began by talented young vocalist Emily Welling who sang a range of loved Disney classics from a boat moored mid-stream – finishing of course with ‘Let it go’ from the film Frozen.  Also before the main event, Mad Dominic on stilts kept the waiting public happy along with two circling boats – pirates in one, and Mickey & Minnie Mouse in the other.

Then at dusk the illuminated boats began their parade from Nobles Field, under the historic town bridge, along passed the massed crowds on the Quay and up to the Harrison Way Bridge before turning for their return journey. Each boat was greeted by its own theme music and commentary. And what a fantastic line up of illuminated boats, including Dumbo, Mickey & Minnie Mouse, Cinderella, Aladdin, Snow White, and later Disney productions of  Up, Mary Poppins and Pirates of the Caribbean.  They were all there.  And to finish a fabulous firework finale.

This was a marvellous free community event for the town, involving many community groups in support. It was organised by not-for-profit group Festival Events St Ives (FESt), with help from members of GOBA, and sponsored by the St Ives town council and local businesses.

And the winning boat, as chosen by the applause from onlookers, with help from the Mayor and Mayoress – Dumbo, with his flexible trunk and illuminated flapping ears!

Please see some photos from the event here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmGPPBs3


The FESt committee are focused on providing events for the people of St Ives. As a non-profit group our aim is to organise a variety of events during the year.

We hope we can encourage you to attend our events or participate in our events or help us run the events or help us finance the events!

We work with as many community groups and community spirited individuals as we can.
FESt would like to thanks all those who support us.