The 6th of July sees the return of St Paul’s Carnival for the 51st time. After its return last year for its 50th anniversary following a three year hiatus, there has been much deliberation as to what to expect this year.
This year the organisers have decided to go with ‘Our Journey’ as the theme for the day. Following from last year’s focus on the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Windrush, this year is set to centre on what came next for this generation. The theme will be brought to life through the procession as well as the stages and the performers.
1. Get Familiar with the Carnival Procession Route
Plan your spot in advance! The organisers have decided to stick with the same route as last year. The procession kicks off at noon from Wilson Street, where it will go anti-clockwise round Portland Square and along Surrey Street before turning Right on to Upper York Street. Then it will head towards the judging point at the junction of City Road and Ashley Road, judging is set to start at 2pm. From here it will proceed down on to Lower Ashley Road and on to Tudor Road before coming to an end at St Paul’s Sports Centre.
2. Don't Miss The Windrush Stage
Check out this years Windrush Stage which combines music and spoken word. Located outside St Paul’s Learning Centre, the lineup is set to reflect the journeys taken by the Windrush generation as Afro-Caribbean culture came to Bristol. Things will kick off at midday with the Carnival Blessing,
3. Have a boogie at World Dance Stage
The stage for those wanting an all-day boogie, found in Brunswick Square this will be the go-to for those wanting to get down and dirty to genre-spanning beats. There will be something for everyone, whether you fancy you fancy yourself a bit of grime, hip-hop, drum and bass, and of course, some reggae.
4. Watch Bristol's Got Talent with the Kids
A wide range of fun, family friendly activities will be taking place all day in the family zone in St Agnes’ Park. From African storytelling and a sensory area to cultural crafts and performances from Bristol’s Got Talent 2019 finalists.
5. Tuck in to Authentic Street Food
Enjoy genuine Caribbean fayre including jerk chicken, curry goat, rice and peas, plantain and sugar cane at one of the many street food stalls. How spicy can you go?!
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