In a move that locals hailed as ‘rightful’, this year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester (CCOM) returned to its original home – Alexandra Park.
During a two-year stint of refurbishment work on the park, the CCOM had moved to Platt Fields Park in Fallowfield, much to the displeasure of many lovers of its meaning and its history in Moss Side.
Nevertheless, the return of our city’s much-loved festival to it’s spiritual home on the weekend of 8 and 9 August 2015, saw thousands flock to the park. In addition to the parade, two stages, food, music, an amusement park, partying and dancing, there was costume-making workshops, calypso and SOCA-singing workshops, an African music corner and much more.
Not only was this year’s event marked by peaceful merriment, the outgoing Greater Manchester Police Chief Sir Peter Fahy commended it citing “I would like to thank everyone from the organisers to the community who have all contributed greatly to the success of such a spirited and spectacular event”.
TNT attended both days and joined in the revelry. We look forward to next year’s event which promises to be even bigger, fun and more importantly in its rightful home.
See you next summer.