I loved the carnival this year as there seemed to be a higher number of dance troupes taking part, more elaborate costumes and a lot of enthusiasm all round. The carnival it’s self (held inside the park) had some great performances on the main stage and very talented singers and MC’s on the youth stage. I always look forward to the fantastic traditional food – washed down with a pint of Red Stripe of course.
This year the Trinidad and Tobago people were celebrating 50 years of independence from the UK which falls on August 31st. The main theme for this years costumes – ironically was The Queen’s jubilee. The second theme was the Olympics but troupes from Moss-side, Whalley Range and Hulme usually design costumes that look like typical flamboyant carnival attire that leaves little to the imagination and allows them freedom to dance!
I positioned myself in front of the main gates of Alexandra Park. On either side of Alexandra Road a large crowd of people all ages, races and different nationalities linned the street in the sunshine.