Sunday

#267 // Carnival Days


"LET'S TAKE THESE COLOURS, LET'S TAKE THESE SOUNDS, AND MAKE OURSELVES A PARADISE, ON DAYS LIKE THESE WE CAN" Benjamin Zephaniah

This is a post for all of the people that have ever told me to "be careful," when I've said I'm going to Notting Hill carnival. Those that have announced, "bit scary isn't it?", without having stepped foot down Ladbroke Grove on an August bank holiday. To those that choose to be educated by mangled headlines, rather than actual experience. This is a post to tell you of the positives of the carnival, and little reported facts like the fact that the carnival boosted London's economy to the tune of £93 million this year.

I came across a poem called Carnival Days by Benjamin Zephaniah, and thought I'd share a few photos of my carnival. The spirited atmosphere, the happiness, the laughter. The place where I can be unapologetically me. The carnival I've visited faithfully since I was 8-years-old.

These are my carnival days.


IN THE MIRROR WE SEE, RAINBOW PEOPLE ON THE BEAT, EVERYDAY CARNIVAL FOLK LIKE WE.



THERE IS NO CARNIVAL WITHOUT US, AND WITHOUT CARNIVAL THERE IS NO US. THE COLOURS OF OUR STORIES JOYFUL THE EYES, AND RHYTHM WISE THE BODY MOVES. 

Words: Carnival Days // Too black, Too strong by Benjamin Zephaniah