Colourful processions are the staple of carnivals across the world, particularly those from the Caribbean Islands. This year’s Caribbean Carnival of Manchester (CCOM) will no doubt have a plethora of floats and dancers in an assortment of costumes and colour. However, there will be a vibrant addition to the festival this year – Jouvert Morning – on Saturday 10 August.
Organised by Manchester’s Ella Gumbs, in conjunction with Manchester City Council, Jouvert Morning is literally a bright street procession of music and dance that will effectively ‘kick-off’ the day’s proceedings, were revelry is concerned, for the two-day annual carnival.
“It’s normally celebrated early in the morning; to sort of kick-off the carnival. The word Jouvert is a French term; of which jou literally means break of dawn. So, it will be very early from 8am to 10.30am,” Ella told TNT News.
“I thought it would be great to bring it to Manchester as I have seen it in other carnivals, and it originates from the islands. I am a carnival-goer myself and I just want people to come out and have fun. It is free, open to all ages and anyone can come.”
Jouvert Morning will have music trucks leading the parade, followed by coloured powder, DJs, an award-winning band Flagz Sound, festive goers in fancy dress and more.
Commencing from the West Indian Centre on Moss Lane East, the parade will travel south via Upper Lloyd Street before heading west on Great Western Street. The parade will then travel north via Quinney Crescent before going west via Raby Street then south on Whitnall Street. The final stretch will be on Claremont Road before it arrives in Alexandra Park.
There will also be a Heritage tent in the park on the Saturday, where people can learn about “the history of the carnival via a big projector screen and listen to steel pans.”
Having been the driving force behind bringing the event to Manchester, Ella has helped ensure that the parade has “a light police presence, a good route, road closures, flyers, banners and stewards”. She has also managed to invite Trinidadian Soca artist Bristol Brent, DJ Trini and DJ Ronin as the morning’s entertainment providers.
If it goes well, Ella is planning to make this a regular fixture of CCOM.