Carnaval del Pueblo

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A woman in Ecuadorian dress participating in the 2010 Carnival

The Carnaval del Pueblo is a festival celebrating Latin American culture, held in Burgess Park, London in the first week of August. [1]

Latin American culture is the formal or informal expression of the people of Latin America and includes both high culture and popular culture as well as religion and other customary practices.

Burgess Park

Burgess Park is a public park situated in the London Borough of Southwark, in an area between Camberwell to the west, Walworth to the north, Bermondsey to the east and Peckham to the south. At 56 hectares, it is one of the largest parks in South London.

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The carnival features a spectacular procession of exotic floats, costumes, musicians and dancers, making their way through London Bridge, along Borough High Street, Elephant and Castle and Walworth Road, finally arriving in Burgess Park. The event incorporates elements of Latin American culture, featuring dance rhythms, food and music. Throughout the day, a mixture of musicians perform on the four stages set up around the park. In 2006, there were appearances from Puerto Rican reggaeton star Andy Boy and the Colombian all-woman orchestra Canela, among many others. U.K Reggaeton acts Flow Latino & D-KeL performed at the Carnival Del Pueblo 2007, after which, they got widespread recognition, resulting in them forming their debut production and music video companies. The festival has enabled both acts as well as other upcoming artists to champion latin urban music in the U.K. and gain airplay at a number of radio stations and clubs in London.

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In 2011, the carnival was cancelled due to public works in the park. The festival returned to Burgess Park in 2014.

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