Trafalgar theme for London festival

Roll up for the capital's biggest celebration of inland boating over the May bank holiday weekend.

A motorboat dressed as HMS Victory will be the star of the show at the 2005 Canalway Cavalcade in London.

Children from local primary schools are busy decorating a charity-owned vessel for the colourful annual event, which takes place at Little Venice from 30 April to 2 May.

Around 130 inland craft will be moored at the festival, which is organised by the Inland Waterways Association and this year marks the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar with a series of themed events.

Commander Clare Hughes, Commanding Officer of HMS President, the London Division of the Royal Naval Reserve, will open the festival.

There will be a pageant of decorated boats at 2.30pm on Saturday, a procession of illuminated boats at 9.30pm on Sunday and a parade of historic boats at 3pm on Monday. There will also be a Farmers’ Market on Saturday.

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Profits from Canalway Cavalcade are donated to the Inland Waterways Association, who pass them onto a range of waterway causes.

For more details and a map of the event, visit