August is carnival time in London.

In the run up to the street shaking, ear drum pulverising Nottinghill Carnival,
Hackney does their own little street affair.

As proud Hackney residents we were there with our cameras.
Hiro was responsible for these shots of vibrancy.

The ladies:

The lil 'uns:

The costumes:

The dancing:

The smiles:

I do look forward to the raucous pounding beats of Nottinghill carnival.
The curry goat, jerk chicken, jerk fish, saltfish fritters, ackee and saltfish, fried dumplings.
The plantains, the beef patties, the rice and peas.
The rum punch, the swinging hips, the walls of speakers.
The "puuuuuuuuuuuullllllllllllll up and com agen selectah".

We will be there next week - come say hello if you see us!



  1. I've always wanted to go to Nottinghill Carnival! When I was in school my best friend was in it and she had travel down to it every year. One day I shall venture down and enjoy the fun :)

  2. YAY!!! seems like a lot of fun!!

  3. Wow, everything is so colourful and the costumes are so elaborate! I'll love to attend carnivals like these:)


  4. ahh i love the nottinghill carnival, especially the food. =)

  5. Ahhh, I didnt know about the Hackney Carnival. Looks like it was fun. I havent been to the Nottinghill one for years - too many people and would be too afeared to take my camera. Enjoy though. Xxxx

  6. Wow, would love to go to a carnival! Guess it has a lot of the same attitude as the May Day celebrations in Oxford...

  7. Wow what an explosion of colour!
    Didn't know about the Hackney carnival. Lokks cool.
    Have fun at Nottting Hill.

  8. hello hello, it's nice to meet you!!! good ol Pam..I love her!! I love these pics here and damn the carnival is nothing like that here in California...I think we need to change some shit around here....hahaha..that is awesome! xoxo

  9. Oh..oh..I wanna go!!!!! Food & dancing...now you're talking my language!!

  10. fabulous! i love parades, yours looks definitely more interesting than the ones we have periodically here in SB. then again, i might have a grudge because it clogs up traffic for days and shuts down streets!

  11. Oh....oh....please take lots of pics to share us your experience going to Nottinghill carnaval. I would love to hear about it ^_^ Btw I love the costumes...it's so bright and colorful!!!

  12. Youve really captured the essence of carnival! Hope its sunnY! =D x x


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