Posted by: lisaparavisini | April 17, 2013

The Way We Were: Carnival fun and Moss Side

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Moss Side carnival is one of the highlights of the Manchester social calendar, and the largest celebration of Caribbean culture in the region, as Paul Britton reports in this article for The Manchester Evening News. [Follow the link below for a beautiful photo gallery.]

It’s one of the highlights of the Manchester social calender – and the largest celebration of Caribbean culture in the region. The vibrant colours and costumes of carnival day in Moss Side have been enjoyed by thousands for more than three decades.

Countless images of smiling, joyous faces have been captured on camera for posterity over the years.

Manchester’s Caribbean Carnival is held every August in and around Alexandra Park, with the park the focal point of the carnival since its launch in 1971.

Revellers enjoy the sights and sounds of the Caribbean as processions wind through the streets to the sound of steel bands.

The celebration is central to Moss Side’s community and attracts crowds from Whalley Range, Longsight, Cheetham Hill and Hulme.

Moss Side has also welcomed a catalogue of famous faces to its streets over the years.

The Way We Were series looks back at memorable appearances and visits from celebrities, including Prince Charles and Naseem Hamed.

Facist and former MP Oswald Mosley addressed crowds at Alexandra Park in 1960 and political activist and Hollywood actress Vanessa Redgrave, who founded the Workers Revolutionary Party in the 1970s, stood for Parliament in the Moss Side by-election of 1978. She polled just 394 votes to finish in last position.

Prince Charles joined in the custard pie fun on a visit to a Moss Side community centre in 1983. Sports stars have been welcomed in Moss Side in their droves.

Boxers Chris Eubank and Prince Naseem Hamed have both visited to address youngsters and open facilities.

The Manchester Giants basketball team paid a visit to youngsters at the Chrysalis Community Project on Gooch Close and Manchester United legend Sir Bobby Charlton even laced up his boots for a charity match between Moss Side FC and a Salford select side.

For the original report go to http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/nostalgia/way-were-caribbean-carnival-fun-2657632


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