Ah, what a weekend! Those of you that live outside of Bristol may not have heard of St Paul’s Carnival but it is an annual event that has taken place in the area of St Paul’s since the 60’s. Celebrating Afrikan and Caribbean culture, all the local schools and businesses come together for a parade that brings color and life to the streets.
Locals and visitors alike line the streets to watch, dance and eat copious amounts of jerk chicken, all washed down with a can of Red Stripe. As an area St Paul’s doesn’t have the best of reputations and for 364 days of the year the streets are quiet but that all changes in July when everyone and their grandma comes out to celebrate.
This community event signals the start of summer for many Bristolians and the costumes of the parade are one of my personal highlights. The carnival is a place where you are sure to bump into old friends and make new ones, where everyone is friendly and the smell of community spirit is in the air. If you missed the event or would like to volunteer your support for next year’s carnival then be sure to check out the official website, above, or the carnival Facebook group.
I took a few snaps of the fantastic costumes, below, but to see more pictures from past events click here.