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In pictures: St Paul’s Carnival 2018

By bristol247, Saturday Jul 7, 2018

Jerk chicken was the order of the day

Charity stalls lined Portland Square and areas around the official stages

Before the parade came through, performers gathered in their costumes

Two performers pose next to their float

Organisers were keen to ensure Carnival was suitable for people of all ages this year

A group of friends apply facepaint and glitter in their doorway

Those lucky enough to live on the procession route were in for a good view

The heat was relentless, reaching the high 20s throughout the day

The family area in St Agnes Park was as full of England supporters as the rest of St Paul’s

The procession began from Wilson Street before turning into Portland Square

A woman in a bright yellow costume plays a vuvuzela

More than 500 schoolchildren were involved in decorating floats and making costumes

The spectacular Arcadia Bug had a stage on the back and ‘wings’ that extended

Crowds lined the procession route along the whole way

More than 100,000 people were expected to visit St Paul’s for the 2018 Carnival

St Paul’s elders who were part of the Windrush generation rode on an open-top bus as part of the procession

A schoolgirl performs with the Arcadia Bug

The Windrush elders had a great view of the procession from their bus

Carnival costumes were as spectacular as ever

The day was a celebration of the St Paul’s community

A replica of the Empire Windrush was carried above one of the performers 

The procession through the streets of St Paul’s lasted almost four hours

A dancer on the Arcadia Bug gets the crowd going

The intricate costumes were all handmade

Revellers young…

..and young at heart enjoyed the celebrations

Music began on the four official stages once the procession was underway

The streets filled with revellers once the football was over

The Arcadia Bug transformed from procession float to stage, setting up at the Malcolm X Centre

Carnival stayed true to its roots as a celebration of Caribbean culture

The crowd on the Windrush Stage showed their appreciation for the Bristol24/7 photographers

All photography by Thomas Katan and Jon Craig

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