Carnaval del Pueblo

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My friend eating cachapa con queso. It's Venezuelan, and so is she. That's why she's grinning so much.

What happens when you assemble Europe’s largest gathering of Latin Americans in a park in South London? You have a carnaval of course! Which basically means singing, dancing and eating. And that’s just what I did on Sunday. Well, minus the singing bit. There were professionals for that kind of thing. But though I didn’t sing, looking at the pictures I certainly made up for it with eating and dancing. Yes, I know, I seem to always have food in my mouth!

 

As you might expect on a summer’s day in England it did rain. But only in the evening, and by that point most people were so happy about every other aspect of the day that the rain didn’t really spoil too much.

Me and the new Venezuelan flag. One extra star for Chavez!

 

I’d love to list all the artists that performed, but unfortunately I didn’t know most of them. I could just about work out the different regions that the music came from (ok, panpipes were a bit of a giveaway, as were the artists who sang in Portuguese or wore sombreros). But the music was the perfect soundtrack to a great day. There was a main stage with live performances, plus a salsa tent where people busted their best moves on the dance floor, which was actually just grass. And then there was the reggaeton and Latin hip-hop area, where the crazy kids were doing some intense footwork. I just tried not to embarrass myself or the friends I went with. No broken toes, so that was a result!

 

The Carnaval took place in Burgess Park in Camberwell. There was a procession and floats that travelled down from Elephant and Castle to the park to begin with.

A Venezuelan, and Guatemalan, a Sri Lankan and me. It's like an advert for the United Colours of Benetton.
In the park itself, all around the main field were stalls selling food from all the different countries in Latin America. Spain even got in there, plus Jamaica represented the English speaking parts of the Caribbean. There was even Chinese, Turkish and Indian food, but we’re still confused about how they got there! Above each stall was the flag of the nation it represented. Of course I didn’t know half of the flags, but I felt ok after finding out that most of the people I asked didn’t know the flags of the countries other than their own. And I was very pleased that I managed to identify the Peruvian flag, which in turn meant that I got to drink chicha morada!

 

It was a great day. If I’m around next year I’ll definitely go. To find out about the plans for next year they will probably be on the website soon: http://www.carnavaldelpueblo.co.uk/portrait.htm

eurowestgirl says:
Isn't it great to have a travel adventure in your own country?
Posted on: Aug 06, 2008
jmauden says:
that looks like so much fun! and the food looks delicious.
Posted on: Aug 05, 2008
yadilitta says:
thanks for the info!!!!
Posted on: Aug 05, 2008
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My friend eating cachapa con queso…
My friend eating cachapa con ques…
Me and the new Venezuelan flag. On…
Me and the new Venezuelan flag. O…
A Venezuelan, and Guatemalan, a Sr…
A Venezuelan, and Guatemalan, a S…
I found the Peruvian stall!
I found the Peruvian stall!
Drinking chicha morada makes me ha…
Drinking chicha morada makes me h…
This is it!
This is it!
Eating arepa reina pepeada.
Eating arepa reina pepeada.
And now its platano con queso.
And now it's platano con queso.
Its so much easier when someone d…
It's so much easier when someone …
Mmmm, tasty.
Mmmm, tasty.
With my demented salsa smile.
With my demented salsa smile.
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