Everyone’s heard of Notting Hill Carnival, but that doesn’t mean London has a monopoly on dutty winders and bass-heavy sound systems. In fact, Manchester has its own rich Caribbean Carnival tradition too and it stretches back over more than 40 years.
There’s some debate about the start date, it depends on who you ask. Some say 1970, some say 1971 or 1972. But what everyone agrees on is how it got started as an impromptu parade set up by locals, mostly of Trinidadian and St Kitts & Nevis origin.
Over the years Manchester Caribbean Carnival has grown into one of the biggest events in the city’s cultural calendar, attracting around 50,000 people to the Moss Side area of the city every year.
Blacka Group have been a long term sponsor of the Manchester Caribbean Carnival and provided two stages, sound and lighting for the event. The above photo shows the crowd at the The African Corner, which featured Afrobeat artists and lots of beats, bass and bouncing.