‘Spirit of Rio’ leads festival parade through Poplar’s Chrisp Street Market
PUBLISHED: 07:00 08 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:59 13 September 2016
© Rehan Jamil
Thousands got a taste of Rio in London’s East End this week as Britain’s paralympic team was preparing for their Games in Brazil.
The decorative costumes and lively Samba beat lead the procession at Poplar’s Chrisp Street Festival.
The annual jamboree was a last blast of summer holiday atmosphere before the kids went back to school for the new term.
The festival, laid on by Poplar Harca housing organisation, had a Rio theme this year following Team GB’s runaway medal success last month, bringing home 67 medals and placed second in the ‘global glory’ league table.
“This festival is always one of the highlights of my year,” Poplar Harca’s chief Steve Stride admitted.
“I love seeing the community come together to party, which made it such a special day.”
Sunday’s festival had carnival performers on the main stage amazing the youngsters with their dance skills and samba beats.
The performers also led the children in the procession through the streets and market square.
Interactive sports were also staged, to celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, such as volleyball and tennis.
Brazilian street food went like hot cakes, as it were, with flavours of zumba and capoeria.
And no festival could be complete without a fairground which was a big hit with boys and girls queuing to get on the subsidised rides.
Musicians curated by east London’s Box of Toys music collective and a host of food traders helped keep energy levels up throughout the day.