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Latin American Culture… in the heart of London » Get Man and Van

Latin American Culture… in the heart of London

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

Carnaval del Pueblo is an annual event held each year in August or September. As it can be deduced from its name it is a celebration of Latin American and more specifically – Native American culture. It is the biggest such event that is held on the territory of Europe, and it is happening right at your doorstep – in the very heart of London.

The Carnaval del Pueblo features all that is expected from such an event. Exotic floats, musicians, dancers and models in traditional costumes from these parts of the world are all to be seen here and many more. The procession is truly spectacular. All participants cross the London Bridge and go Borough High Street, Elephant and Castle and Walworth Road in order to complete their journey of joy and celebration at the beautiful Burgess Park in the London Borough of Southwark.

The location is quite suitable, because the park is actually an island of nature and green space among the otherwise built up urban territories that surround it. In the past couple of decades Burgess Park has been in a period of a serious decline, but generous donations as well as the effort made by the local council promise that it will not fall into total demise. Actually the Carnaval del Pueblo was the thing that first brought attention of the wider public towards the Burgess Park.

Carnaval del PuebloFour scenes are constructed on the territory of the park, and on them a number of different musicians and performers come out throughout the day. There is something for everyone’s taste here. It has been so ever since the first festival in 1999.

Even though for a number of years – between 2011 and 2013 – the festival had been cancelled due to renovations in Burgess Park and other public work, this year it was held again – but this time on 21 September.

If you ever have the chance to visit London while the festival is being held, you should totally go check it out. If you are a permanent resident of the capital, you have no excuse to not do so. This is the best place in Europe to submerge yourself in the atmosphere of Latin America. To taste the food, listen to the music and see the dances of people from literally another world – one of passion, joy and richer senses.

The Carnival and the recent renovations of Burgess Park come to help the regeneration and gentrification of these parts of London. More and more such events are likely to be organized in the years to come here, and the area around the park will definitely become not only a commercially busy place, but also a nice, colorful and interesting location to set up your home in. There is no doubt that man and van companies throughout London will soon start to be hired to mover homes and offices there. This is only a good thing – not only for the man and van contractors in question, but to everyone else too.