This annual community event promises a colourful, striking, and powerful costumed float procession plus live performances from some of Latin America’s most prominent artists. This year the Latin American carnival – Carnaval del Pueblo will celebrate its 12th edition on Sunday 1st August in Burgess Park.
Special guests The Lebron Brothers top the line-up on a number of different stages – Main Stage, Brasilian Fever Stage, Andean Stage, Unite The Union Stage and Childrens Stage – offering everything from traditional music and dance to contemporary reggaeton and Latin hip-hop and much much more.
Starting at noon, experience an authentic Latin American carnival – the Float Parade, with traditionally dressed dancers and musicians representing each of the 19 different Latin American countries, makes its way from Elephant and Castle to Burgess Park, via Walworth Road, Camberwell Road, and Albany Road. At the park, live acts will entertain carnival-goers from 10 am to 10 pm at the Main Stage, and the Andean and Brazilian areas. There will also be a salsa dance floor for people to enjoy their ringing moves!
World Record attempt
There will be a Salsa World Record attempt at Carnaval Del Pueblo. The attempt takes place on 1st August 2010 between 1-2pm at Burgess Park; organizers are hoping to pre-register more than 451 couples to dance the Big Dance.
There will also be 200 stall marquees where stall holders trade in Latin American, Caribbean and Western food and drinks, and Arts and Crafts from the region. Plus traditional food, handcrafts, and a kids’ zone which will provide a range of fun activities for families, including workshops, face painting, bouncy castles and fun fair.
This year it has added elements such as the Bicentenary of Independence of some of the Latin American countries, and they are also attempting to break the Guinness World Record in salsa dancing.
There will be a wide range of South American food and crafts to explore and sample. This festival seems to be increasing in popularity on an annual basis.
Carnaval del Pueblo supported by Heritage Fund Lottery Project.
Tube & train station for Burgess Park: Elephant & Castle (Northern Line and Bakerloo Line).
Buses to Burgess Park: 36, 12, 171, 68, 68a, 25, 175, 63, 12, 45, 33, 100, 172..