MUST DO: Leyton Carnival 2018

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The borough’s biggest street party takes place this weekend

Pink winged performer at Leyton Carnival
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Now this is always a good ‘un – and thankfully it’s on Sunday and so doesn’t clash with Pride.

But yes, once again the streets of Leyton will be positively jumping with Caribbean colours, music and flavours for what is apparently Waltham Forest’s biggest street party.

And Leyton Carnival is one of six major “Get Together” community events to be held around Waltham Forest this year including the Walthamstow Garden Party, Waltham Forest Mela, Chingfest and Leytonstone Street Fest.

There’s a cultures-of-the-world parade featuring elaborate floats and costumes that will wind its way through the area to the sound of steel bands and calypso music. (Prizes will be awarded for the best costume and best performance, naturally).

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When to get there? Well, you can catch the carnival parade along Leyton High Road from 1pm, but the streetfood stalls, funfair rides, cinema, comedy tent and live music are all over at Leyton Cricket Ground, where the likes of ska-reggae eight-piece The Dualers and jazz-funk icons Shakatak will perform.

New for this year is a travelling exhibition of art submitted by communities and budding artists from all around London, called Art Road Show. Curated by local artist Sba Shaikh and the William Morris Young Curators, it’s a handy way to soak up the creativity of residents (another is to check out the Leytonstone Art Festival, which takes place the same day).

Best of all, the whole thing is free to attend, with no ticket required. E10 #realness.

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Sunday 8th July, from 1pm to 7pm, Leyton High Road E10 and around E10. More here.

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