Bristol 2018 saw the 50th celebration of the independent Jamaican carnival march through its streets after it had been withheld for 2 years in a row due to previous violent acts.
10:30 am, the streets of Bristol are silent with anticipation. Independent stalls pop-up outside their houses. Barbecue chefs hustle around the grill and demonstrators hurry towards the starting line. The scent of grilled chicken doused in BBQ sauce engulfed the hungry bypasses in a ball of smoke, as chefs squirt water into the spitting grill.
The build-up to 12:00 pm was palpable and the delayed wait begged the attention of the crowd. 12:40 pm St. Paul's Carnival exploded unveiling the dazzling colourful costumes of the parade moving forward.
The 4-hour long parade showcased a number of local communities, sports, dancers, performances and most of all fun.
The St. Paul's Jamaican vibe infected all that participated with big vibrant smiles, enticing even proper old English ladies to shake at the beat of the dance. The unusually hot British summer day found a lot of people gasping for some sort of refreshment. Some people took the opportunity to have fun with water, "while looking sexy" he said.
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