Just when we had recovered from the Notting Hill Carnival, along came another one! But it was different, it was a Night Carnival. I’d never been to one before so it was a must for a Sunday evening.
The weekend had been full of fun events as the Thames Festival took over the South Bank of the Thames with hundreds of stalls selling every type of food and gifts. Face painting, Korean plays, bands, plays, boat parades, lantern displays, al fresco tango (!), art displays and much much more took over the river bank and thousands of people turned up to enjoy the free events.
As night fell at the end of the 2 days extravaganza, the streets were lined with visitors who were hugely entertained by dancers, floats, music and the most amazing costumes. I’d seen the Notting Hill parades and this was great but different and the entertainers had made brilliant use of lights on their bodies, on their floats, and they twirled their way through the route with shaming amounts of energy! The twirling made the photos a little difficult but here they are – look out for horses, space monsters, turtles, dancers, a lion and even a teapot!
Bye for now.