Most festy picture sites try to capture carnival parades from the front. Me, I have a knack of photographing the rear of them.
in the rain (click on the pic to get
a larger view of the golden girls).
More revellers on parade. The soca was blasting, and "Emms" and I were doing the "bumps" (are all women from Northern Ireland that energetic, I wonder?). I took a breather from winding my waist to get the two pics that are on view below.
Another of my hand-over-my-head-pics, click on it to see the revellers close up.
last two pics I took that overcast Sunday evening, before "Emms" and I
said our goodbyes to one another sum up for me what carnival's all about,
meeting up with and making friends, having a laugh, and letting go any
inhibitions for the day.
It's a pity that not everyone who was down in Notting Hill over the two days had the same mindset, judging from the headlines in the papers I read sadly the following Tuesday. Idiots like those captured on police film that I saw on the t.v. news give bigoted, reactionary types (hello Anne Widdicombe! Need a light?) all the ammunition they need to prevent this annual event from occuring. All too often the media only picks up on the carnival when something negative occurs (I'm certain that a similar number of arrests are made at Glastonbury, Reading or some over festivals, but these things are never dwelt upon, are they?).
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