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Carnival atmosphere comes to Leyton

Leyton Big Weekender Carnival
The Leyton Big Weekender returned in style on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 July as the community came together to enjoy an action-packed weekend of free entertainment.

More than 18,000 people joined in with the festival atmosphere, which reached its height on Sunday when the ever-popular Waltham Forest Caribbean Carnival came to town.

The free celebration, part of the Council’s Get Together programme of events, started on Saturday at Leyton Cricket Ground, in Crawley Road, with a family fun day, including a wide range of sporting activities on offer for residents of all ages to try. They also had an opportunity to recreate the beauty of William Morris’ stained glassed art using coloured paper at a special craft activity stand.

Local families enjoyed the carnival atmosphere on Sunday, with live music and performances from a number of top acts including Aswad and The Real Thing plus Island Waves DJ, Scrappy, Camara, Amy Young, Cerebro Dance Troupe.

Jason Fervier, who attended along with his children Kayiene and Kashton Henry, said: “My children took part in the carnival and they really enjoyed it and all the music from all over the Caribbean including St Lucia where I’m from. The carnival is great especially for kids.”

Leyton resident Aniya Omar said: “This is the first time we’ve been and we’ll definitely be coming back next year. It’s a lovely day and the atmosphere is nice. The children have loved it.” 

And residents will not have long to wait until the next festival as part of the Council-run Big Weekender events, as the Walthamstow Garden Party will be making a triumphant return to Lloyd Park on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 July.

Another free event, the Garden Party is produced by Barbican and Create in partnership with key local organisations in Waltham Forest.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “Local people searching for free, first-class entertainment this summer will not have to look far, because we’re hosting some fantastic festivals right here in Waltham Forest.

“We want residents and families to continue enjoying a good quality life in the borough, and hope to see as many people as possible taking advantage of the free community celebrations we’ve got lined up in the months ahead.” 

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