On Sunday, to mark the halfway point between London 2012 and the upcoming 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil, the Great British Carnival descended on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford
Taking place a month before the huge carnival over in Notting Hill, the day’s celebrations featured pop-up parades, kids’ activities, a market and performances on the main stage covering every musical genre from reggae to drumming. The event culminated in the first performance of ‘The Carnival Of The Animals’, a magical twilight procession of creatures which wound its way around the Park as the sun set.
Speaking about the Carnival, Mayor Of London Boris Johnson said, “The Great British Carnival at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is a colourful celebration of both London’s Games two years on and Rio’s to come. London boasts a rich and diverse tradition of carnival.”
Teresa Askew, a long-time organiser of carnivals and the artistic director of Sunday’s event, said “We are thrilled to be bringing the Great British Carnival to this great new performance space for London. This is the perfect place and time to be celebrating the very best of the British carnival scene and creating a magical experience for the whole family.”
Here’s a selection of the performers and amazing creations that wowed the crowd at the end of the evening – a more extensive album of photographs can be found here.