Antiracist message well received at Carnival 2019

Around 200 people joined Love Music Hate Racism as they put on a float in the Notting Hill parade (25-26 August) alongside the National Education Union (NEU) and veteran band Smokey Joe Roadshow.

It was the third time Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR) have featured in the carnival parade. This year, the band theme ‘carnival of resistance’; highlighted the antiracist roots of the parade by celebrating figures such as founder Claudia Jones and campaigner Darcus Howe.

LMHR wanted to celebrate the positive role the carnival has played over the decades in pulling communities together at times of hostility or rising racism. This was the intention of Claudia Jones and her contemporaries when they brought the parade to London.

Those in attendance braved high temperatures to party with a purpose, following the float through the parade route.

The theme was very well received at carnival with judges awarding Smokey Joe Roadshow, the float band, joint second place in the ‘modern contemporary’ category on the Sunday of carnival.

The result was a tremendous achievement given the judges (Carnival Arts and Masquerade Foundation) had to choose between over 70 mas bands that were on the road on carnival Sunday.

A huge thank you to everyone who joined us to take part in the parade on the Sunday and Monday of carnival and to all the sponsors.

The band is well placed for an even bigger attendance in the procession at Notting Hill Carnival 2020.

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