This has been a very exciting year!! Sheffield Carnival was successfully launched at the Sheffield Fayre in Norfolk Heritage Park on Monday 28th August 2017. The Sheffield Fayre had its 16th successful year and we were so excited to be partnering with them to add a splash of Carnival.
It was a fabulous day, the weather was kind to us and we had thousands of people turn up to support our event.
The carnival started with the “Sheffield Shines” parade which aims to celebrate everything Sheffield, the history, culture and heritage, what makes Sheffield unique and to showcase and celebrate the many cultures that reside in Sheffield.
The parade was made up of children and local people, displaying carnival costumes they had made in our workshops and costumes made by our team and volunteers. The theme for 2017 was “Sheffield in Bloom” which consisted of lots and lots of flowers.
As well as the costumes attractions on the day included stalls, food, music, children’s rides, stage performances from local talent, carnival crafts tent, and interactive cultural workshops which included African drumming, African dancing, Reggaecize and Indian dancing workshops and of course great music!
The Carnival spirit has been missing from Sheffield for over 20 years and we brought it back with a bang!
Take a look at this video created by Geoffrey Gaines on the day.
We also have some great photos of the day courtesy of Tim Dennell
Moving forward we want Sheffield Carnival to be bigger and better for 2018 and to become an annual event in it’s own right. For this to happen we need your support. Please visit our ‘Get Involved‘ page to find out how you could be a part of this.
Main images attributed to: Rotterdam carnival, Luke Price, CC BY 2.0, 0022 Carnival Girls, Mark Morgan, CC BY 2.0 , Zomercarnaval Rotterdam 2010, FaceMePLS, CC BY 2.0