Streets come to life for Hackney One Carnival
Hackney One Carnival once again brought the boroughs streets to life with banging beats, energetic dance and spectacular costumes.
Over 7000 people lined the streets on Sunday 18 September as the procession of performers from 25 different carnival groups danced its way from Ridley Road along Dalston Lane and Richmond Road towards the Town Hall, before heading up the Narrow Way back to Ridley Road. After the procession the festivities continued with a finale in Ridley Road with Reggae, Soca and Brazilian music and food until 8pm.
Hackney’s best young musicians performed to the crowd in Hackney Town Hall Square. Judges including Speaker of Hackney, Cllr Sharon Patrick, Deputy Mayor, Cllr Sophie Linden and Ngoma Bishop, Chair of BEMA had the difficult task of picking the winners of Hackney One Carnival 2014 awards.
I’d like to thank everyone involved in this year’s Hackney One Carnival for making it such a great success. The streets were brought to life and Hackney once again showed what a wonderful welcoming place it is.
Carnival group performer, Jacqueline Green said: “I love to see everyone enjoying themselves while I dance and entertain the crowd and it is nice to see that something is given back to the community.”
Winners of the Hackney One Carnival 2014 awards:
Redcoat secondary school SJC steel orchestra
Best movement (choreography / dance)
Winners - Caporales San Simon Londres
Runners up - London School of Samba
Best theme interpretation
Winners - Tropical Isles
Runners up - Paraiso School of Samba
Best music on the road
Winners - Pantonic
Runners up - Soca Saga Boys
Best on the road
Winners - Beeraahaar Sweet Combination/Pioneer Band
Highly Commended - Sunshine International Arts
Carnival band of the year
1st prize - Tropical Isles
2nd Prize - Heritage Social Arts & Dance Group
Highly commended newcomers
Carnival decor competition winners
Tallest sun flower - Colvestone School (many tall sunflowers)
Best front garden - joint winners: 71 Richmond Road and 121 Dalston Lane
Best food growing garden - 201 Dalston Lane (chosen for the amazing crop of tomatoes and cucumbers)
Best flags, banners & decorations - Spandeli Delicatessen, 246 Dalston Lane (chosen for the carnival masks in the shop window)
View the Hackney One Carnival 2014 on Flicker.