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Carnival cheer despite the rain

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Revellers to this year’s 37th Anniversary Reading Community Carnival were in fine spirits on Monday, in spite of the constant deluge of rain which dominated most of the holiday.

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Around 2,000 spectators from across the borough converged on Prospect Park to enjoy the party atmosphere, music and food. Childrens rides were available, as were inflatable bouncy castles and slides in addition to helium balloon sellers and face painting stalls. A good majority of the concessions available were selling food ranging from donuts, barbeque chicken, burgers and chips and Caribbean favourite, Jerk Chicken with Rice. The Parkside Café, situated at the YMCA on Parkside Road also had a stall and brought a touch of sweetness to the day as Café Manager Kerry Buckley sold a variety of cakes and baked goods.


Music for the day was provided by a variety of musicians who form part of the Vocal Networking collaborative, in addition to a superb rap set by Tanch, and an amazing acoustic set by local chaps Lemar And Duval.

The floats and parade arrived back at Prospect Park at 3.30pm, where the dancing and partying continued well into the afternoon.

Pictures: Lynda Bowyer

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