Revelers can enjoy regionally-themed food, drink, live music and dance late into night
23rd July 2010: Wish to savour all things Latin American, Carnaval del Pueblo fiesta on Sunday 1st August 2010 is just for you.
The loud, colourful, Carnaval del Pueblo fiesta of all things Latin American, is now in its 11th year.
A celebration of their roots for expat communities in the capital, it is also a massive party for the rest. The proceedings kick off at noon when a procession of brightly-coloured floats are paraded down the streets of Southwark, admired by over 100,000 people.
In fact, Carnaval del Pueblo is Europe’s largest celebration of Latin American culture, held in Burgess Park, London on the first week of August. The carnival features a spectacular procession of exotic floats, costumes, musicians and dancers.
The event incorporates elements of Latin American culture, featuring dance rhythms, food and music. Throughout the day, a mixture of musicians perform on the four stages set up around the park.
In 2006, there were appearances from Puerto Rican reggaeton star Andy Boy and the Colombian all-woman orchestra Canela, among many others. U.K Reggaeton acts Flow Latino & D-KeL performed at the Carnival Del Pueblo 2007, after which, they got widespread recognition, resulting in them forming their debut production and music video companies.
The festival has enabled both acts as well as other upcoming artists to champion latin urban music in the U.K. and gain airplay at a number of radio stations and clubs in London.
They route usually sees them wind their way from London City Hall down to Burgess Park, taking in Tooley Street, Borough High Street and Elephant and Castle along the way.
Once at Burgess Park, revellers can enjoy regionally-themed food, drink, live music and, of course, dance late into the night. There are a number of different stages offering everything from traditional music to the freshest reggaeton and Latin hip-hop.
The venue is Burgess Park, Albany Road, SE5 0RJ. Floats start at 12 pm at London City Hall, finish at 3pm at Burgess Park. You can enjoy the live acts 12noon to 10pm at Burgess Park without pulling any money from your pocket.
The nearest station is South Bermondsey Rail or Kennington Tube